Cranbury’s special characteristics were recognized when most of the village was entered on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on August 9, 1979, and on the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1980. In recognition of Cranbury’s historical and architectural significance the nomination stated that
“Cranbury is the best preserved 19th century village in Middlesex County…While there are many small mill towns in New Jersey, few are in such an undisturbed environment as that of Cranbury.”
The preservation of Cranbury’s historic character can be attributed to the concerns and efforts of its residents, past and present.
The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society was organized in 1967 and incorporated on November 17, 1970. The Society is committed to furthering the interest and knowledge of the history of Cranbury; the promotion, support and encouragement of the beautification of the land and buildings located in Cranbury; and the restoration and preservation of Cranbury’s old and historic building sites. The CHPS also operates the Cranbury Museum and theCranbury History Center.
Based on the Local Historians Enabling Act (P.L. 1979, c.50), enacted by the New Jersey State Legislature in 1979, Cranbury Township has established the position of Township Historian to assist the township in cooperative efforts to gather and disseminate information about Cranbury’s history.
In 1989 the Township of Cranbury passed an ordinance confirming the importance and significance of Historic Cranbury by establishing an Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) to protect its irreplaceable resources.
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