A Quick Introduction to the History of Fair Lawn, NJ

The slip and fall attorneys in Fair Lawn, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group have compiled some interesting details about the borough and its history.

Fair Lawn

The borough of Fair Lawn is situated in the midwestern section of Bergen County in the state of New York. The 3,340.8-acre town borders Glen Rock to the north, Eastside to the west, Saddle Brook to the south, and Paramus to the east. The Passaic River flows along the borough's western edge, while Saddle River flows along its eastern boundary. 


The earliest settlers in the area were peaceful hunters who helped make up the Lenni Lenape Native American tribe. They sold their land to the Dutch and Irish immigrants. 

The borough was incorporated in 1924, taking land from the Saddle River Township. One of the first planned communities was Radburn and was established in 1929 as the town for the motor age. The borough has been voted as one of the top ten places to live in the state. 

An NJ Transit train derailed in 1982, crashing into a pasta factory. The train's engineer died as a result. Officials contributed the derailment to some teens that vandalized the tracks. Of the five involved, two were convicted and served five-year sentences. 

Historical Landmarks 

Located off of Pollitt Drive is the Cadmus House Historical Museum. The museum is within a Dutch-style building. Many of the artifacts that can be seen in the museum include:

  • maps from the 1880s
  • old farm tools
  • parts of the former Hopper-Croucher farmhouse
  • period furniture and toys
  • old fire fighting equipment

The Garretson Forge and Farm, located on River Road, is a family-owned farm established in 1719 and is the oldest in the county. The farmhouse, known as the Garretson-Brocker Home, sits on the property and was built in 1720. Originally the estate was a large property that farmed many different crops, but over the years, land has been sold, narrowing it down to just two acres. 

Other historical landmarks within the borough include:

  • G.V.H. Berdan House - located on River Road
  • Richard J. Berdan House - located on Fair Lawn Avenue
  • Naugle House - located on Dunkerhook Road
  • Jacob Vanderbeck Jr. House - located on Dunkerhook Road 
  • Warren Bronze and Aluminum Factory - located on Second Street


  • 90.50% white
  • 5.44% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.08% African American
  • 0.01% Native American
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 6.47% Asian
  • 1.31% two or more races
  • 0.62% other races

To keep learning about the greater area: History of the Township of Washington, NJ

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Date Published: September 30, 2021
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