Fair Lawn, New Jersey: Historic Tales from Settlement to Suburb

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In Fair Lawn, New Jersey, the layered heritage is clear from the mix of Native American, Dutch and English names adorning its street signs. Author Jane Lyle Diepeveen traces Fair Lawn’s history from its origins as a settlement at Sloterdam, a site of the developing Dutch Colonial architecture, to the innovative neighborhoods of Radburn, a cutting-edge planned American garden city. Through interviews with longtime Fair Lawn residents, Diepeveen honors the days of dairy farms and swimming holes, as well as this ...
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Overview

In Fair Lawn, New Jersey, the layered heritage is clear from the mix of Native American, Dutch and English names adorning its street signs. Author Jane Lyle Diepeveen traces Fair Lawn’s history from its origins as a settlement at Sloterdam, a site of the developing Dutch Colonial architecture, to the innovative neighborhoods of Radburn, a cutting-edge planned American garden city. Through interviews with longtime Fair Lawn residents, Diepeveen honors the days of dairy farms and swimming holes, as well as this vibrant community’s progress today. From Warren Point to Columbia Heights, Fair Lawn reveals the hidden story of this jewel of New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296985
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,479,155
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Lyle Diepeveen, a retired community planner, is the municipal historian for the borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and a trustee and past president of the Fair Lawn Historic Sites Preservation Corp., which runs the borough’s history museum. Ms. Diepeveen holds a degree in architecture from Washington University and an MS in urban planning from Columbia University. She is active in local historic preservation and civic affairs and served for many years on the Fair Lawn Planning Board, helping to guide the borough’s growth. She is also a past president and longtime member of the League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn, having served on its board for five decades.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Elaine B. Winshell 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

The Lenape: The First Inhabitants 13

Sloterdam: Garretson Farm and the First House 17

Dunkerhook: Jacob Vanderbeck and His Mill 21

Dunkerhook: Myths, Facts and the Lafayette Connection 29

Lost Fair Lawn 35

An Indigenous Architecture 45

A House in the Country: How Fair Lawn Was Named 51

The Mystery of George Morlot 55

History in Street Names 61

The Birth of a Borough 73

Industry and Commerce 83

Recollections 93

The First Fire and Police Departments 97

Radburn: The Town for the Motor Age 107

Radburn: A Memoir 117

Fair Lawn Becomes a Suburb 125

Changing the Government-Over and Over 135

Fair Lawn Up to Date 139

Bibliography 145

About the Author 157

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