Timeline

1664 – Land in area purchased from the Leni Lenape tribe by James, Duke of York, brother to King Charles II.

1720 – First European settlers arrive.

1737 – Presbyterian Church formed.

1750 – The name “Turkey” changed to “New Providence”

1786 – Methodist Episcopal Church formed?

1793 – Became Springfield Township, part of Essex County

1809 -Became New Providence Township

1822 – First New Providence Academy established, on Passaic Street. (It was later sold and moved. Now 1312 Springfield.

1857 – Union County formed.

1869 – Summit seceded.

1869 – New Academy built (Now 1243 Springfield Avenue.)

1891 – St. Luke’s Reformed Episcopal Church formed.

1899 – New Providence Borough formed. New Providence township (now Berkeley Heights) separated.

1902 – Fire Department formed.

1907 – Lincoln School built.

1917 – Academy Building sold to Borough for $1. The building became Borough Hall.

1918 – Our Lady of Peace was formed as a mission on Springfield Avenue.

1921 – Free Public Library formed.

1932 – Police Department formed.

1952 – Rescue Department formed.

1953 – Hillview School formed.

1957 – Faith Lutheran Church built.

1958 – New Providence High School built.

1960 – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church formed.

1962 – Allen W. Roberts School built.

1966 – New Providence Historical Society established

1967 – Salt Box house moved to 1350 Springfield Avenue to become the “Salt Box Museum.”

1968 – Salt Brook School built.

1980 – Lincoln School sold to Borough for $1. The property is used for new municipal center.

1994 – Hillview School is sold to the Morris-Union Jointure Commission

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