We stumbled upon the fine website of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield, which features this incredible page of history on The Caldwells.
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.
Did you know that Crane’s Mill residents enjoy their very own woodworking shop?
Crane’s Mill residents enjoy their very own woodworking shop.
The tradition continues at Crane’s Mill!
Behind an unassuming (locked) door next to our beauty salon/barber shop and across from our activities room, the woodworking shop provides our residents a dedicated space for everything from simple whittling to complex builds.
Since 1998, the shop has produced all sorts of resident-made treasures—our library’s bookshelves, the walking trail’s duck boxes, and furniture throughout the campus, to name a few—that stand proud today, and that we are sure to enjoy for years to come.
The shop includes complex power tools, hand tools, all sorts of wood, plus paints, stains, and glues to complete any project.
Are you a woodworker? Have you produced something you’d like to share with our readers? Click here to send us an email, and we just might feature your work in a future Crane’s Mill Courier article!
Mark your calendar, this Sunday the annual New York Yankee tradition continues as the Yanks take on the Orioles on Old-Timers’ Day
Old Timers' Day is this Sunday
At Crane’s Mill, it’s no secret that we’re big New York Yankee fans. This Sunday, June 22, is one of our favorite days of the year—the annual Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.
On this one nostalgic afternoon, great players in Bronx Bomber history come together for a special day including the pomp and circumstance of the grand introductions and of course, the Old Timers’ Day Game itself.
Through the years, there have been so many extraordinary players that have donned the pinstripes—from legends like Yogi Berra, Don Larsen, and Whitey Ford to 1970’s favorites “Goose” Gossage, Reggie Jackson, and Ron Guidry, to newer retirees Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neil, every Yankee fan is bound to have a personal favorite or two in the lineup.
After the festivities, we get to enjoy our team against the AL East rivals the Baltimore Orioles. In a piece of ironic baseball history that you may not know, the New York Yankees actually began their run in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. They moved to New York two years later and became the New York Highlanders, eventually changing their name to the Yankees in 1913—taken from the team’s nickname of “the Yanks,” a name embraced by the era’s newspaper editors as one that fit more snugly than “Highlanders” when typesetting the sports page headlines!
Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community was built on a plot of land in West Caldwell, New Jersey that holds a rich history.
The chandelier in Towne Square shines amongst reclaimed wood, a nod to the history of Crane's Mill.
For all you history buffs out there, you can click here to read more about the history of Crane’s Mill.
Plus, if you call us at 973-276-6700 or send us an email, we can direct you to the hallway connected the Health Center to Towne Square.
There, you’ll find a series of in-depth articles, historical records, photographs, and much more, all chronicling the proud history of this wonderful community that our residents now call home.