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Visit the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, the “The Little House on the Rahway” built around 1840 by Josiah Crane.

Take a walk back in time and experience this “American Treasure” listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.


*All tours run from 2pm to 4pm


Children’s Halloween Party

We had fun playing games and enjoying ice cream treats at the Halloween Party on the 23rd!  Kids went home with a Gift Bag including a Historical Society Activity book, Fire Department and Police Department items, and plastic spiders!   Click on our flyer for more information.

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“Four Centuries in a Weekend”

Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 12-5  The Crane-Phillips House Museum, 124 North Union Avenue ADMISSION IS FREE The Cranford Historical Society will once again participate in Union County’s annual program, “Four Centuries in a Weekend”.  This year we are celebrating Cranford's Finest and Bravest as the Cranford Police...

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The Community Came out for our Fall Festival!

We had record numbers of people touring the Museum and grounds at our Fall Festival.  Families and members of our community enjoyed ice-cream, live music, kids activities in the yard, local arts and crafts vendors and our own Society merchandise.  Thanks to all who played a part in the day!

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We plan community programming for all ages in support of our mission.  In recent years, we have held antique appraisals, speaker events on a variety of topics, a garden tour, all kinds of children’s events, train shows, 4 Centuries in a Weekend, and more.  We host a 3rd grade field trip to our museum and support the Cranford86. 



Sally The Rag Doll’s Adventure – A Story by Margaret Gerlach

Happy 150 years to Cranford!  To honor the 150th Anniversary of our incredible town, we invite you and your families to read and enjoy the story of Sally, the Rag Doll.  This children’s story, written and illustrated by Margaret Gerlach, President of the Cranford Historical Society, is an imaginary tale and celebration through the eyes of a rag doll.  The story follows Sally throughout the township of Cranford as the town prepares to celebrate its 150th Anniversary.  Sally’s adventure shows us how much the town has changed and evolved in its 150 years since being incorporated on March 14, 1871.


Our office is open during the following hours:

Monday to Thursday, from 9:30-12:30 PM  (Wednesday and Thursday only during summer months)

Our Archives Curator is available for questions and research help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM

Anyone wishing to do research or to drop-off a donation to our archives department, please do so during these hours.  We are requiring that you please wear a mask when visiting the office.