Commerce and Industry 1820 – 1928


The Elizabethtown area became a major transportation corridor because of its proximity to New York and Philadelphia. Stagecoaches made regular trips along the King’s Highway (St. Georges Avenue) and the Old York Road (Route 28). The Stage House Inn in Scotch Plains (still operating as a restaurant) and the Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway were centers of commerce witnessing business transactions, public meetings and providing entertainment.

Life in Union County was greatly affected when the first railroad in the state was chartered in 1830. Three major railroads ran through the county opening farmland to developers. Horse driven stagecoaches and wagons gave way to steam locomotives accelerating the growth of towns and cities. By 1920, the county’s population reached 200,000.


Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park

Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights

Deserted Village

  • Hands-on archaeological exercise
  • Restored church/store
  • Colonial cemetery




Woodruff House / Eaton Store Museum

111 Conant Street, Hillside

Woodruff House


  • Potbellied stove in an early general store
  • Reproduction post and beam barn
  • Memorobilia from Hillside resident and Baseball great Phil Rizzuto



Merchants and Drovers Tavern

1632 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway www.merchantsanddrovers.org

Merchant and Drovers Tavern

  • Handsome, federal style inn
  • Rare example of an early public house





Roselle Park Museum

9 West Grant Avenue, Roselle Park

Roselle Park Museum

  • Collection of old Roselle Park photographs
  • Roselle Park memorobilia