Historical Fun Facts About Lyndhurst NJ

Historical Facts About Lyndhurst NJ

In 1664, British Army Major Nathaniel Kingsland, stationed in Barbados, developed an interest in the lands that were taken from the Dutch by the English. He dispatched a native of the island, Captain William Sanford, to research and purchase land near what is now called New York City. Sanford agreed to pay an annual rental of 20 pounds for the land and settle six or eight families within three years.

The tract of land purchased by Major Kingsland included the present communities of Rutherford, Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Kearny, East Newark, and Harrison. On July 29, 1668, Captain Sanford bought the title of this land from the native tribe the Hackensacks. The price was 170 fathoms (1 fathom = 6 feet) of black wampum, 19 match coats, 16 guns, 60 double hands of powder, 10 pairs of breeches, 60 knives, 67 bars of lead, one anker (about 10 gallons) of brandy, three half-vats of beer, 11 blankets, 13 axes, 20 hoes, and two coats of duffle (coarse woolen cloth).

Major Nathaniel  Kingsland never came to America, but his nephews Isaac and Gustavus settled here. Isaac constructed the first real house in Lyndhurst in the vicinity of Kingsland and Schuyler Avenues. When Isaac died in 1698, his oldest son, Colonel Edmund Kingsland inherited all of the land and buildings that he owned.

Lyndhurst was originally formed as Union Township on February 19, 1852


On May 15, 1917, the area was reincorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature as the Township of Lyndhurst, based on the results of a referendum held one week earlier.

The township is named for Lord Lyndhurst

NPG 4121; John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

NPG 4121; John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

Lord Lyndhurst aka John Singleton Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst  (21 May 1772 – 12 October 1863), was a British lawyer and politician. He was three times Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.

On January 11, 1917, a fire started in Building 30 of the Canadian Car and Foundry Company, in what is now Lyndhurst, in a plant that was producing munitions for sale to the United Kingdom and the Russian Empire during World War I. After a spill of flammable liquid started a fire in a building where shells were cleaned, about 500,000, three-inch (76 mm) explosive shells were discharged in about four hours, destroying the entire facility.


Tessie McNamara, who operated the Canadian Car  company switchboard, was credited with saving 1,400 lives, contacting each of the buildings and shouting the warning, “Get out or go up!” Thanks to her dedication, no one was killed in the fire. The Lyndhurst park located on Clay Avenue, between Valley Brook Avenue and Wall Street West is dedicated to the memory of McNamara.


The township has a total area of 4.894 square miles of which 0.336 square miles are made up of water.

The Township boarders with four counties and seven cities including North Arlington and Rutherford in Bergen County; Belleville and Nutley in Essex CountyKearny and Secaucus in Hudson County; and Clifton in Passaic County

Because portions of the township are located in the New Jersey Meadowlands, a number of radio stations have their transmitters and towers located in Lyndhurst. These include AM stations WOR and WINS, as well as Amateur Radio and HD TV station W2INS

The township named Lewandowski Park and Lewandowski Street in honor of the three Lewandowski brothers, Alex, Walter, and William Lewandowski  who were killed while serving in the armed forces during World War II

The Township of Lyndhurst has been governed under the Walsh Act form of New Jersey municipal government since 1913. All committee members are elected concurrently at-large on a non-partisan basis to four-year terms of office as part of the May municipal election, with the five members selecting a mayor from amongst its members at a reorganization meeting held after each election.

Lyndhurst is located in the 9th Congressional District  and is part of New Jersey’s 36th state legislative district.

The LPD was established on January 1, 1907, under the laws of Union Township. The department has lost four officers in the line of duty; which is higher than any other municipality in Bergen County.

The LFD was organized in February 1886. The department is staffed by 70 fully trained firefighters and responds to an average of 600 calls per year.

NJ Transit has two train stations in Lyndhurst, located at Lyndhurst Station[119] and Kingsland Station.[120] Trains at both stations operate on the Main Line to Hoboken Terminal,

New Jersey Transit offers buses serving Newark on the 76 route and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 191192193 and 195 routes.[123][124] Lyndhurst is also served by DeCamp Bus Lines routes 32, 44 and 99

Historical site The Van Winkle House at 316 Riverside Avenue is a large brown sandstone structure that was built in 1797. The house was used as a residence until 1921 when Masonic Club of Lyndhurst purchased it.


Jacob Van Winkle donated the land on which the River Road School at 400 Riverside Avenue was built in 1804.

The Jeremiah J. Yeareance House, is located at 410 Riverside Ave. The house was built in 1804 and served as a residence for the teacher of River Road School. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1986


327 Ridge Rd. Now Wendy’s was once a magnificent theater know as the Ritz Theater which opened in 1928 and closed in 1967.

Lyndhurst was once a resort type of area.

The Passaic River, had a pristine sandy beach, an outdoor swimming pool with boathouse and bath house sitting nearby.

The original Lyndhurst Swimming Pool, was where a large gazebo now sits near the township’s Little League fields on Riverside Avenue. It opened in 1920 and after an expansion, re-opened in 1928 as a 75 by 100-foot pool, eight feet at its deepest with two diving boards and a 25 by 45-foot bath house just adjacent to it with toilets. On the pool’s edge was a white sandy beach.

There was actually was a lake in town where Lake Avenue homes sit today.

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