Introduction to Closter, New Jersey
The early inhabitants of Closter were the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Dutch settlers arrived during the early 17th century. The area now known as Closter was originally part of several land grants made to different people during the 1600s. Several thousand acres were rewarded to Frederick Closter by King Charles I of England and the community was later named in his honor. The first European settlement can be traced back to 1710. The Northern Railroad, which was established in 1859, caused commerce to increase. On January 1, 1904, Closter was officially incorporated from parts of Harrington Township.
Closter and Nearby Attractions
- American Museum of Natural History
- Belskie Museum of Art and Science
- Rockland Lake State Park
- Queens Zoo
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
- Abram Demaree Homestead
Things To Do In Closter
Abram Demaree Homestead, and Belskie Museum of Art and Science are located in Closter. The museum showcases the work of artist Abram Belskie, while the Abram Demaree Homestead dates back to the early 1700s. The town also offers easy access to the Bergenfield Museum, Pascack Historical Society Museum, Hudson River Museum of Westchester, Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site. There are numerous parks in the area including the Tallman Mountain State Park, Ridge Road County Park, Saddle River County Park, Pascack Brook County Park, and Van Saun Park. Brooklyn Heights Promenade, another popular destination, offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and downtown Manhattan.
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Closter Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Manhattan College, Mercy College, and Bergen Community College.