Cranes Ford, Cranford, NJ

Jeremy Brooks

Cranes Ford is a very prominent historical location for the town of Cranford for a few reasons; however, it typically is disregarded as insignificant even by Cranford residents. The ford is not a typical monument in the sense that it what built to commemorate an event or a group of people, but instead it is a piece of history that is maintained in Cranford. Cranes Ford, at Riverside Drive and Springfield Avenue, was used during the Revolutionary War to alert Washington of incoming British troops but it also is the source of Cranford’s name. Therefore, I felt that this monument is possibly the most significant site of the entire town and yet it is regarded as merely a small body of water so the idea behind this is that sometimes a monument, something of great significance, does not always present itself in a typical form of a building or a statue, but it can instead be simply a ford that carries with it a history worth much more than any monument.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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