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About Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove was part of the Horseneck Tract, which was an area that consisted of what are now the municipalities of Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Fairfield, Verona, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Roseland, and parts of Livingston and West Orange. In 1702, pioneers acquired the 14,000 acre (57 km²) Horseneck Tract, allegedly because of its irregular shape that suggested a horse’s neck and head, from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans for trade equal to about $325 today. This area included much of western Essex County, from the First Mountain over to the Passaic River.

The township’s name comes from the Eastern Red Cedar trees that once covered its valley and hillsides. Cedar Grove was originally a modest farming community, and the Historical Society still runs a Farm Stand on every Saturday beginning on the last Saturday in May and ending on the last Saturday in October from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Besides vegetables, local honey and local history books are also available. The Cedar Grove Historical Society was founded in 1968 by a group of gentlemen led by Leslie Jacobus with the hope of preserving Cedar Grove’s History.

In 1908, Cedar Grove was incorporated as a township. In the early 1960s, Cedar Grove became one of the destination suburbs in Essex County among those looking to escape urban living from Newark and New York City.

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Cedar Grove as its 4th best place to live in Essex County and 17th best place overall to live in its 2008 rankings of the “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey.

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Cedar Grove is a township in north central Essex County, New Jersey, United States. What is now Cedar Grove was originally incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature as the Township of Verona on February 7, 1892, from portions of Caldwell Township. Portions of the township were taken to create Verona borough, based on the results of a referendum held on April 30, 1907. On April 9, 1908, the name was formally changed to Cedar Grove.

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