The charm, history and culture of South Orange is best symbolized by its moniker- the gaslight. These authentic gas lit street lights are used throughout the entire town and are a hallmark of the town’s rich history as one of the oldest towns in New Jersey.
South Orange first became well known as a resort town with a country resort called the Orange Mountain House – established in 1847. The town gained prominence because guests could enjoy the “water cure” from natural spring water and walk in the grounds that extended up the slope of South Mountain. Once South Orange could be reached by the Railroad, it became an attractive suburb for wealthy professionals who worked in Manhattan and Newark.
The now historic Montrose neighborhood was developed first after the Civil War. It offered large houses on generous lots which still attract similar types of families today. It is on the National Register and is a designated Historic Neighborhood.
The Montrose Park Historic District was formed to preserve, protect and promote this treasured neighborhood. They host a spring historic house tour, create historic signs for home with “built in” designations on them, and authored a book on the history of this neighborhood. Learn more about the Montrose Park Historic District.
Here are some great examples of Montrose Historic Homes:
The other large parcel of homes is situated within the Newstead and Upper Wyoming sections of South Orange. These lay on the Eastern end of town and higher up on South Mountain and were developed after the turn of the century. The lots are smaller than in Montrose, but many homes offer spectacular Manhattan skyline views.