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Summit, New Jersey, USA - De Forest Ave., Summit, N.J.

Summit, Union, NJ

In the late 18th century and part of the 19th century, Summit was called "Heights over Springfield" and was considered part of New Providence.



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Summit Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

De Forest Ave., Summit, N.J.
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De Forest Ave., Summit, N.J.
Canoe Brook Club House
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Canoe Brook Club House
Mountain Avenue, 1905
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Mountain Avenue, 1905
Baptist Church, 1905
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Baptist Church, 1905
Dr. Gorton's Sanitarium, 1905
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Dr. Gorton's Sanitarium, 1905
Hobart Avenue, 1905
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Hobart Avenue, 1905
Our Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Orchids on application

Lager & Hurrell, Orchid Growe
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Our Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Orchids on application

Lager & Hurrell, Orchid Growers and Importers, Summit, N.J.
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Railroad Station, 1906
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Railroad Station, 1906
Episcopal Church, 1907
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Episcopal Church, 1907
Hotel Beechwood
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Hotel Beechwood
Crescent Avenue, 1910
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Crescent Avenue, 1910
Waldron Ave., Looking North
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Waldron Ave., Looking North
Passaic River, 1911
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Passaic River, 1911
Presbyterian Church, 1911
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Presbyterian Church, 1911
Corner Beechwood and Springfield Avenues
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Corner Beechwood and Springfield Avenues
Overlook Hospital, 1913
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Overlook Hospital, 1913
Lincoln Public School, 1915
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Lincoln Public School, 1915
Methodist Church, 1915
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Methodist Church, 1915
Woodland Avenue, 1919
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Woodland Avenue, 1919
Maple Street
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Maple Street
Springfield Avenue
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Springfield Avenue
High School, 1926
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High School, 1926
Junior High School, 1934
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Junior High School, 1934
Methodist Episcopal Church, 1946
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Methodist Episcopal Church, 1946
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Hotel Suburban, 1951
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Hotel Suburban, 1951

Discover Summit: History, News, Travel, and Stories

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In 1837, the railroad was known as the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad and is now the New Jersey Transit’s Morris and Essex Lines. It was built over what was then called "The Summit" hill, shortened later to Summit.

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1895 - Summit
Summit, a post-village and summer resort in Summit township, Union co., N.J., on the Morris & Essex Railroad, at its junction with the New Jersey West Line Railroad,' miles W. of Newark, and 9 miles S.E. of Morristown. It is on a ridge called the Second Mountain, contains a hotel, the Summit Institute (for both sexes), 4 church" or 3 large summer boarding houses, and a carriage-factory, Pop of township in 1880, 1910; in 1890, 3502.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Summit officially incorporated as a city in 1899.

1906
Summit, a banking city and summer-resort of Union co., N.J., on the Lackawanna R., 12 miles W. of Newark and 9 miles SE. of Morristown. It is picturesquely situated on a ridge called Second Mountain. It is mainly a residential place, many New York business men having their homes here. It has a large silk-factory and extensive nurseries. Pop. in 1900, 5302.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1915 - Strikers Reject Offer
Silk Workers at Summit, N. J., Refuse to Let Non-Union Men Stay.
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SUMMIT, N.J., May 3. - Following the decision of the striking weavers to refuse to accept the proposed terms of settlement offered by the Summit Silk Company officials, Sheriff George C. Otto doubled the force of Deputies that had been on guard at the silk mills since the beginning of the labor troubles here, more than a month ago. The angry attitude of the strikers has been aggravated by the notice of President Paul Gerli that, beginning the 1st of June, those weavers living in the company's houses on Weaver Street must leave them.

After a five hours' conference today, the Citizens' Committee appointed by Mayor Francis H. Bergin to bring about a peaceful settlement of the strike reported that company officials were willing to take the striking weavers back, providing the strikebreakers and non-union laborers were allowed to remain at the mill.

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2023 - Here are some of the places to go and things to do in Summit, New Jersey:
1. Reeves-Reed Arboretum:
If you're a nature enthusiast, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a must-visit. This 13.5-acre public garden is a tranquil oasis in the heart of Summit. You can stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens, enjoy seasonal blooms, and even participate in educational programs and workshops. It's a great place for a leisurely walk or a family picnic.

2. Watchung Reservation:
For more outdoor adventures, head to the nearby Watchung Reservation. This expansive nature reserve offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. Whether you're into hiking, birdwatching, or just enjoying the serene beauty of nature, this is a fantastic place to spend a day outdoors.

3. Summit Downtown:
Summit's downtown area is a bustling hub filled with shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. You can explore a variety of boutiques, art galleries, and specialty stores. Plus, the dining scene here is diverse, offering everything from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants.... Read MORE...

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