Introduction to Roselle, New Jersey
Roselle, New Jersey, in Union county, is 2 miles S of Union, New Jersey and 6 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is part of the Newark metropolitan statistical area. About 21,274 people live in Roselle.
In 1664, a group of Englishmen from Long Island purchased the land now known as Union County from local Native Americans. On January 19, 1883, Thomas Edison lit up the entire town using the first electric lighting system with overhead wires. Influenced by the "Boroughitis" phenomenon of the late 19th century, Roselle was officially incorporated on December 20, 1894. According to some sources, the town was named after developer John C. Rose.
Roselle and nearby Attractions
- Abraham Clark Memorial House
- Edison National Historic Site
- Weequahic Park
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center
- Branch Brook Park
- Liberty Hall Museum
Things To Do In Roselle
Roselle offers great opportunities to learn about the areas history, art, and culture. There are many museums in and around the town including Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Museum, Historic Richmond Town, Crane Phillips Living Museum, and Woodruff House-Eaton Store Museum. Those interested can also visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center nearby. Roselle has a number of picturesque churches that still retain the old world charm. The Warinanco Park is a good place to spend a day out with family and friends. Golfers can enjoy a game or two at the Roselle Golf Course or the Weequahic Park Golf Course.
Newark Liberty International is the nearest local airport.
Roselle Higher Education
Kean University, Union County College, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University-Newark, the New Jersey Institute Of Technology, Essex County College and the CUNY-College of Staten Island are some of the local colleges and universities.