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Cranbury Township

Middlesex County, New Jersey

Cranbury Town Hall is located at 23 North Main Street, Cranbury NJ 08512.
Phone: 609‑395‑0544.


Beginnings [1]

Cranbury was settled in 1682 and here, 50 years later, David Brainerd, the young follower of George Whitefield, often preached to the Indians under one of the spreading village elms. After his death from tuberculosis in 1747 at the age of 29, Brainerd's diary was an inspiration to many other "witnesses to the spirit."

One of the centers of a potato-growing district, it retains much of the charm of early America. The streets are lined with old frame houses, some of them converted into stores, others the homes of retired farmers. The village post office is almost concealed within the bulky Masonic Hall.

In 1804 while fleeing from New York to Philadelphia, Aaron Burr slept at the L. P. Curtin house on the north edge of town.

  1. Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration, The Ocean Highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida, Charles Terry Jr., Secretary of State, Dover Delaware, 1938, Modern Age Books, New York

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