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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.


Sunday, September 19 – Opening Day

Sunday, October 10

Sunday, December 12

*All tours run from 2pm to 4pm


Holiday Inspired Dress-up

Holiday Inspired Dress-up

Article and photos submitted by Gail Alterman, Cranford Historical Society’s Costume Curator --- Over the years, pre-Covid times, the Costume Department would mount a holiday inspired mannequin for the Crane Philips House in December. To celebrate our new website,...

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In Honor of Veteran’s Day

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

*Article and photos submitted by Gail Alterman, Cranford Historical Society's Costume Curator Over the years, the Costume Department has been privileged to showcase items from its Military Collection to honor our Veterans on Veterans Day. In past years we have...

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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.

“Decorate The Cake” Contest

Congratulations to our winners!

Baginski Family

Cruikshank Family


The Cranford Historical Society seeks a part-time Office Administrator.  All candidates must enjoy working with people of all ages, have strong computer skills, as well as written and oral communication skills. 

Click here to view the full job description.

Compensation will be at an hourly rate.  Part time hours consist of four (4) days a week, Monday through Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30 pm, from September to May.   Our summer hours are two (2) days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, 9:30am – 12:30pm, during June, July and August. 

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to President, Margaret Gerlach, cranfordhistoricalsociety@verizon.net by July 30, 2021.

Our office is open during the following Summer hours:

June to August, Tuesday & Wednesday only, from 9:30-12:30 PM

Our Archives Curator is available for questions and research help on Tuesdays 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.