History of The Caldwells

We stumbled upon the fine website of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, which features this incredible page of history on The Caldwells.

You can visit the page by clicking here.

Among our favorite photos include Bloomfield Avenue, The Monomonock Inn, and of course the Crane House. The “Denver of the East” never looked so good!

These fantastic photos got us thinking about the history of our own property. Crane’s Mill was originally built by Caleb Hatfield in the 1780s. The land and mill were purchased by Samuel Crane, and the mill was run by his family. Four of Crane’s grandsons (Nathaniel, Moses, Zenas, and Asher) rebuilt the mill after it was destroyed by fire in 1851.

In 1955, Herbert Crane, Asher’s grandson, took over the mill and operated it until his death in 1967. At that time, the mill ceased operation after serving the region for more than two centuries. Besides the milling of lumber, Crane’s Mill was also used to grind feed and flour. Waste wood was sold for cooking and heating. Even the sawdust was used to insulate local ice houses. Many older local buildings have framing timbers cut at the mill from the once-abundant virgin forests of the area.

The old mill wheel now stands silent in Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, where it is slated for restoration.

What are some of your memories of the Caldwell area? We’d love to hear–send us an email by clicking here. We may just share your thoughts in a future post.

Crane’s Mill resident thankful for 5-star nursing staff, therapy just steps from home.

An independent living resident sent us this inspiring letter about the care in our 5-star rated Health Center, and we are proud to share with you:

Over 12 years ago, my wife, Janet, and I sold our home in Livingston, and moved to Crane’s Mill. At the time, we were getting ready to retire, and wanted to live in an active, vibrant senior community in the West Essex area.  It was a wonderful experience for at least 10 years, as our independent apartment was spacious and comfortable, and we had all the amenities. Two years ago, Janet was called to heaven, and though I miss her terribly, I am surrounded by so many compassionate friends here at Crane’s Mill. Last month, I suffered a complicated health issue, and I didn’t realize what an important role the Crane’s Mill Health Center would play in my life. When I was discharged, I was too ill to return to my apartment, so I spent several weeks recuperating in the skilled nursing / subacute rehab area of the Crane’s Mill Health. There, I received many kindnesses, and great care from a 5-star nursing staff; I received physical therapy seven days a week, from a staff who always encouraged me, and I was visited daily by dozens of friends that my wife and I had made since coming to Crane’s Mill. I am back in my own apartment now, and I am so grateful that Janet and I had the foresight to move here ten years ago.

Artie Knutsen
West Caldwell, New Jersey

LSMNJ Employee Appreciation Week at Crane’s Mill

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey hailed its employees during the week of May 14-18, 2018.

The organization, known for compassionate, world-class healthcare, housing, and social welfare programs across the state, held a special week-long celebration to honor its caring staff.

Employees from all areas were honored, including nursing, dining, housekeeping, maintenance, community programming, social services, and administration.

Staff was elated as each day featured a crowd favorite, such as a barbecue lunch, interactive photo booth, and an ice cream truck!

Here are links to some highlights:

Employee Appreciation – Day 1 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 2 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 3 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 4 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 5 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Happy Mother’s Day from Crane’s Mill

It’s the second Sunday in May, and you can bet it’s the most colorful time of year for the Crane’s Mill concierge desk, as it’s replete with flower arrangements featuring springtime favorites moms everywhere.

A wild rose in bloom on the Crane's Mill campus.

A wild rose in bloom on the Crane’s Mill campus.

Mother’s Day, spelled in the singular possessive to ensure that each individual mother is celebrated, officially began as a national holiday in the U.S. in 1914, and is celebrated in countries around the world.

It’s a hugely popular holiday here at Crane’s Mill, with residents receiving gifts and cards all week long in advance of the big day.

In addition to flowers and candy, we’ve seen yummy fruit arrangements, house plants, and even gifts straight from Amazon and Macy’s.

How do you celebrate your mother, grandmother, or other special person on Mother’s Day? Click here to send us an email, and we will be sure to share your ideas right here on our blog.

We hope you have a happy, blessed day with your family.