Introduction to Caldwell, New Jersey
This area was initially inhabited by Lenni-Lenape Native American tribes. It was then known as Horseneck Tract. Europeans settled in the community sometime around 1740, when Saunders Sanders and Thomas Gould became the first people to arrive in the area. On February 17, 1787, the community was renamed Caldwell after Reverend James Caldwell. Caldwell Township was officially formed in 1798, and included in what is now known as Caldwell and West Caldwell. On February 10, 1892, the borough of Caldwell was established by carving out parts of Caldwell Township.
Caldwell and nearby Attractions
- Grover Cleveland Birthplace
- American Folk Art Museum
- Abyssinian Baptist Church
- Blauvelt State Park
- Castle Clinton National Monument
Things To Do In Caldwell
Local museums include the American Labor Museum, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the New Jersey Historical Society Museum, the Whippany Railway Museum and the Lambert Castle Museum. The Edison National Historic Site, the Israel Crane House and the Van Riper-Hopper House are all accessible from Caldwell as well. President Grover Cleveland's birthplace is located in the town of Caldwell. The South Mountain Reservation, occupying over 2,000 acres, features nature trails, a zoo, and picnic and fishing spots. Branch Brook Park, Brookdale Park, Dahnert's Lake County Park and Saddle River County Park are some of the local parks. From the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, visitors can enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan. Other popular local destinations include the Bergen County Zoological Park, the New York Aquarium, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the George Washington Bridge, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, and the Turtle Back Zoo.
Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Caldwell Higher Education
Caldwell is home to Caldwell College. Other colleges and universities located nearby include Montclair State University and Seton Hall University.