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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.


*Museum is open the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, September through May, from 2:00 to 4:00.


Check out our new Children’s Corner

We have a new section on our website for children and their caregivers.  We hope families will use our site for activities, crafts and stories all in the the name of local history!  We start with a great summary of the origins of Halloween, a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and more.  Click here for the origins of Halloween!

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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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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, Four Centuries in a Weekend, and more.  We host elementary students and Scouts at our museum and we support the Cranford86.


Our office is open during the following hours:

Monday to Thursday, from 9:30-12:30 PM  (Tuesday and Wednesday 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.