West Orange is 16 miles from Manhattan, 12 miles from Newark Airport, has a free town jitney to Orange and South Orange train stations, making it a commuter’s dream!
West Orange offers many different exciting attractions for their residents and visitors, including the Turtle Back Zoo with its over 34 amazing animal exhibits, The Thomas Edison National Historic Park and Museum, The Essex Equestrian Center, 5 golf courses, 12 wonderful parks and playgrounds and wonderful hiking at either South Mountain or Eagle Rock Reservations.
The town is filled with restaurants. You can enjoy dinner at the beautiful McLoone’s Boathouse, complete with a gorgeous water view. With over 220 restaurants, you will find so many different types of cuisine.
Living in West Orange means that you are minutes from sports arenas, and concert venues, and a just a short drive from the Pocono’s if skiing is your thing, or a short drive to the Jersey Shore if relaxing on the beach is more your speed. The location to everything just cannot be beat!
The Township of West Orange can trace the lineage of its founding back to 1667 when a formal treaty was signed between Robert Treat and the Hackensacks Indians for the purchase of a tract of land on the banks of the Passaic River. Treat had fled Milford, Connecticut with a group of Puritans in search of religious freedom.
The tract was pristine wilderness nestled in the abundant natural beauty of the rural and rugged Orange Mountains. It included all the lands of present day Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Belleville, Glen Ridge, Irvington, and parts of Orange, Maplewood, and Short Hills -- basically all the land of present day Essex County. The name Orangedale began to be used in honor of Prince William of Orange who was a familiar English name in the American Colonies. In 1862 was the official founding of West Orange.
West Orange was the home of renowned inventor Thomas Edison. Today, the Thomas Edison National Historical Park preserves Thomas Edison's laboratory and residence, Glenmont, in Llewellyn Park – all designed in the 1880s.
Out of the West Orange laboratories came the motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.
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