Cresskill was initially inhabited by the Hackensacky and Lenni Lenape Indians. Dutch trappers and traders settled there in 1643. The Dutch settlers displaced the Indians and began farming the area. During the Revolutionary War, the farms in Cresskill were raided by the British.
In 1894, the Borough of Cresskill was incorporated. During World War I, Cresskill was the site of America’s largest army embarkment camp, Camp Merritt.
Following World War II, Cresskill became the new home to many service men and their growing families. Anxious to raise their children in a small suburban town they settled here and became involved in the schools and community.
Today, the Borough of Cresskill, located in the Northern Valley of New Jersey, enjoys the charm and tranquillity of a residential community.
Cresskill prides itself with an excellent school system with an outstanding curriculum as well as before and after school programs. The school system consists of two elementary schools, Edward H. Bryan and Merritt Memorial, and a junior-senior high school, Cresskill High School.
Recreation programs in Cresskill consist of a summer recreation program, baseball, football, tennis, karate and many other activities. Memorial Day celebrations include a parade through town, and open house at the Cresskill Municipal Swim Club. Fourth of July, the Recreation committee sponsors field events, rides, a petting zoo, a disc jockey, hot dogs and cotton candy.
Cresskill is a community of approximately 2.2 miles and is 10 miles from New York City which can be reached by bus service. There is a full time police department, a volunteer fire department and ambulance corps.
A quaint downtown Cresskill consists of shops, restaurants, banks, a public library and the Borough Hall.
Since its birth, Cresskill has provided a place for people to raise families and build a sense of community. It continues to appeal to those who seek a peaceful community near the thriving metropolis of New York.
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