- Historic Sites
Montclair Historical Society & Crane House
This fine Federal-style mansion was home to three generations of the Crane family, descended from one of Montclair's founders. Israel Crane, a successful merchant who constructed the turnpike that opened New Jersey's heartland to earty trade, built the house when he was only 22. Dating from 1796 and remodeled circa 1840 with Greek -Revival details. This landmark house was considered grand for its period. Now restored, the home displays an outstanding collection of period furnishings and decorative arts. The Crane House is situated on traditionally planted grounds with a country store, craft building, kitchen garden, and picturesque gazebo. The Historical Society offices, education center, and Terhune Library are located in the adjacent Clark House, a late - 19th-century residence.