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Fanwood is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 7,318. The borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles, all of it land.
Fanwood was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1895, from portions of what is now known as Scotch Plains Township. The borough is bordered by Plainfield in the southwest and by Scotch Plains in all other directions.
Fanwood Borough combines limited business and industry with a mix of housing that includes some beautifully restored historic homes.
Public school students in Fanwood attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which has students in Grades PreK-12 from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood. The district has five elementary schools (PreK-Grade 4), two middle schools (Grades 5-8), and one comprehensive high school (Grades 9-12).
Schools in the district are five elementary schools — Howard B. Brunner Elementary School (PreK-4), J. Ackerman Coles School (K-4), Evergreen School (PreK-4), William J. McGinn School and School One — Park Middle School and Terrill Middle School for grades 6-8, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for grades 9-12.
Many residents commute daily to New York City. The Fanwood station (also known as Fanwood-Scotch Plains) is a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line. The ticket office is in the station building on the south side of the tracks (eastbound platform). The station provides service to Penn Station in Newark, and from there to Hoboken Terminal or Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The building on the north side of the tracks (westbound platform) is a Victorian building and is used by a non-profit organization.
NJ Transit also has a full schedule of bus service from Fanwood to central and northern New Jersey and New York City. Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 25 minutes away.
Fanwood has a downtown district that with thriving businesses. Over the last years, downtown has enjoyed a rebirth made possible by new construction of several multi-use buildings including commercial and residential occupants.
Points of Interest include--
- Fanwood Memorial Library - located at 14 Tillotson Road.
- Fanwood Museum - Housed in the old Fanwood train station, built in 1874, stands as the oldest original train station in Union County and remains the center of many community activities.
National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Central Railroad of New Jersey, 238 North Ave., Fanwood
- Fanwood Park Historic District, North Ave. and North Martine Ave., Fanwood
Fanwood was founded in 1895 around the Central Railroad of New Jersey, which passed through during the 1800s. In 1874 the Central Railroad of New Jersey constructed built a new station to serve this area. Mr. John Taylor Johnson, then president of the new railroad, selected the name FANWOOD for the new station, in honor of Miss Fanny Wood, a frequent visitor to this area, who wrote numerous glowing of its scenic beauty for leading New York periodicals, thereby attracting new residents and investors to this section.