Incorporated in 1871, Cranford got its name from Josiah Crane’s farm. Cranford has been described as “a charming bedroom community that packs quite a punch, with ﬂourishing downtown, bountiful parkland and recreational amenities, and top-ranked schools, all presented in quiet fashion.” Known at the turn of the century as the “Venice of New Jersey”, the Township of Cranford grew up around the meandering Rahway River. The Township has gained Transit Village designation under New Jersey’s Transit Village initiative. It has long been considered a center of commerce with the Cranford Business Park, Downtown Cranford – its retail shopping district, and the Centennial Avenue Business District. Cranford’s High School is ranked as one of the top 75 high schools in New Jersey and has won a series of national and statewide awards for its innovative curriculum. This town has a long history of competitive and award winning youth sports programs. With many local and county parks, Cranford is a very active community. For those interested in the arts, the Cranford Dramatic Club Community Theater (300-seat theater) offers award-winning musicals and plays year-round.