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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


Notecards for Sale!

Purchase these limited edition notecards depicting Rahway River ice skating near the Cranford Casino in 1890. 12 notecards for $5 Call or email the Cranford Historical Society to purchase

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Tours and Office Update

Due to the rise in the pandemic the Crane-Phillips House Museum will be closed for tours until further notice.  The Hanson House office will remain open Monday to Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm, but please email  (cranfordhistoricalsociety@verizon.net) and wait for a...

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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.

“Decorate The Cake” Contest

Congratulations to our winners!

Baginski Family

Cruikshank Family


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.