Introduction to Edgewater, New Jersey
Lenni-Lenape and Tappan Native Americas originally inhabited this area. Captain David Pietersz Devries, a Dutch navigator, became the first European settler in the region in 1640. He established the community, which was then known as Vriessendael. It was Bergen County's first known colony, but the settlement was destroyed by Kieft's War in 1643. It was later reestablished as a colony of fishermen, and incorporated on December 7, 1894 as Undercliff. Hackensack Turnpike, now known as River Road, was an important route in the region. On November 8, 1899, the area was reincorporated as Edgewater. According to tradition, the community was named because of its location on the Hudson River.
Edgewater and nearby Attractions
- African American Museum
- New Jersey Naval Museum
- Rockefeller Center
- Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
- Bergen County Zoological Park
- Brooklyn Bridge
Things To Do In Edgewater
Edgewater offers easy access to a large number of historic sites and museums. The Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum includes a reconstructed 18th century soldier hut, gun batteries, a campsite and a museum. The American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Jewish Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of the City of New York showcase various exhibits reflecting the history, culture, and art of the region. Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park features a 9-acre waterfront park and the Empire Fulton Ferry. The Van Saun Park and Saddle River County Park provide opportunities for biking, fishing and picnicking.
Air transportation is available from La Guardia Airport.
Edgewater Higher Education
CUNY City College, Barnard College, Columbia University, and CUNY-Hostos Community College are some of the colleges and universities accessible from Edgewater.