In the days before Mountainside became a borough with its own government it was part of the Township of Elizabethtown, which was organized in 1693, covered a wide area, and included the West Fields. The Locust Grove, Branch Mills, and Baltusrol sections of the West Fields, rural communities composed mostly of farmers, later became Mountainside. The Dutch preceded the English in some areas of New Jersey, but the majority of settlers here were English. Descendants of some early pioneers still live in the area.
“Some early eighteenth century houses are still standing in Mountainside but others have given way to modern buildings, both residential and commercial. One of the earliest homes, built by pioneers James and John Badgley in 1738 near where Trailside Museum now stands, became a garage for the Union County Parks Commission. Arson destroyed it in 1984. The Deacon Andrew Hetfield House, built about 1760, was used by the Hetfield family or in-laws until 1936. From then through the early 1980’s it was an antique shop called the Dutch Oven. When developers bought the property in 1984, they planned to demolish the house. Fern Carter Hyde, chairman of the Mountainside’s Historic Preservation Committee, persuaded the Borough Council to save it, and on June 29, 1985, the house was moved to Constitution Plaza near the Mountainside Library. The Hetfield House is now on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
|Population:||6,541||Population Density / Mile:||1,615|
|Median Age:||46.82||Number of Households:||2,362|
|Average Household Size:||2.66||Households with Children:||734|
|Median Household Income:||$119,418||Median Years in Residence:||7.29|
|Annual Residential Turnover:||6.73||Median Dwelling Age:||44|
|Annual Precipitation:||50.94||Average January Low Temperature:||19.8|
|Average January High Temperature:||39.3||Average July Low Temperature:||63.3|
|Average July High Temperature:||85.7|
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