CHATHAM, NJ - Local Chatham Borough homeowners Bob and Amy Crandall spent several Saturdays researching their Fairmount Avenue home and what they found was well worth their time. For their effort, the Crandall’s received a recognition marker through the Historical Society as part of the Dani McCulloch Adopt-A-House Program.

The Crandall’s home was built in 1887 by the original owner, William Genung, in the traditional Folk Victorian style.  According to their research, William Genung was a popular figure in early Chatham life. In 1897 he was elected to the Borough’s first Common Council and in 1876 he, and other Chatham leaders, donated money to establish Chatham’s first official baseball team - the “Passaics.”

Once the Crandall’s completed their research, they applied for a Historical Home Plaque which identifies homes over 100 years old. This plaque not only recognizes the home and the research that went into recording its history, but it is a wonderful way of making the home noteworthy and creating a sense of pride in our community.

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The Society invites anyone who would like to research the history of their home to contact the Society to receive an Adopt-a-House packet with a wealth of information to help guide them through their research.  Additionally, the Chair and members of the Historical Society are there to help every step of the way.

After the required research is complete, an application for a plaque is submitted. Through this program, the Society hopes to encourage residents to help preserve and share the architecture and history of Chatham Borough. Go to for more information.