Introduction to Florham Park, New Jersey
Florham Park History
The area was settled by the English in the late 1600s. Though primarily a farming community, it was also a manufacturer of quality brooms which led to it being christened "Broomtown." Throughout its early days, the area has also been known as Columbia, Afton, and Hoppingtown. In the 19th and 20th century, a number of millionaires owned country retreats in the region. Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton McKown Twombly built their mansions in this area in 1887, and named it "Florham." The community adopted this name and was incorporated as "Florham Park" on March 9th, 1899. The "Park" part of the name refers to "Brooklake Park," the mansion of Dr. Leslie Ward.
Florham Park and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- Edison National Historic Site
- Morristown National Historical Park
- South Mountain Reservation
- Staten Island Zoo
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
Things To Do In Florham Park
Artifacts reflecting the cultural and historical heritage of the region are displayed at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Whippany Railway Museum, and Morris Museum. Edison National Historic Site, Liberty Hall, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Israel Crane House are historic sites within 10 miles of Florham Park. The town also offers easy access to the South Mountain Reservation which occupies 2,047 acres and features a zoo, nature trails, and fishing and picnic areas. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Glen Rock Arboretum, Bergen County Zoological Park, Wild West City theme park, and Turtle Back Zoo are other popular destinations nearby.
Florham Park Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Florham Park Higher Education
Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham is located in the town of Florham Park. Drew University, Seton Hall University, Kean University, and Union County College are the other nearby colleges.