South Orange Village - 1866

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South Orange in 1866

'My first acquaintance with South Orange was early in 1866 when I came here to make my home. It was a little straggling country hamlet with a post office and two or three stores. There were no sidewalks, crosswalks or street lamps. Dirt roads, muddy in spring and summer were the only avenues we had. The most conspicuous feature of the center of the place was the old frame building of the Presbyterian Church standing at the junction of two crooked and uneven roads, one known as the road to Newark and the other as the road to Irvington or Camptown, as it was variously called. Nearby on the south under a row of sycamores, stood the little public school house, blissfully ignorant of the coming of its more pretentious and commodious successor."

From historic address by Mr. Edward Self, Sr. at the dedication of Village Hall March 18, 1895.