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Eagle Rock-Cranetown Chapter works to promote the goals of historic preservation, education and patriotism in these ways...

Historic Preservation:
--A copy of an old English chair made from salvaged wood from the S.S. Augusta (the Battle of Red Bank) given to the DAR New Jersey room in Washington DC.
--Crane House: several members were docents and gave guided tours in costume.
--Grover Cleveland Birthplace: our chapter gave them a silk flag, trees in memory of our organizing regent, flowers yearly on March 18th (President Cleveland's birthday). --We sponsored Rutgers College history professor to lecture at the local Presbyerian church, in memory of one of our members (via the Alice Poekel Memorial Fund).

--Our chapter presents college scholarships to students at Jame Caldwell High School and Montclair High School. We also present a JROTC medal to a student at Irvington High School.
--We provide financial support to DAR nationwide schools such as Bacone College-Indian College in Oklahoma, Berry College in Georgia, Tamasee School in South Carolina for orphans, in addition to the Kate Duncan Smith School in Mississippi, the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, and Crossnore School in North Carolina.
--We save Campbell school labels so that the Hillside School in Massachusetts can buy new sports equipment.

--Our members give Christmas presents to the East Orange Veterans Hospital.
--We send care packages to American troops who are overseas (such things as sunscreen lotion, DVD movies, food snacks and phone cards).
--Two of our members honor veterans at the Edgemont Park in Montclair on Memorial Day, displaying our DAR chapter flag and the U.S. flag.
--We participate in field trips to historic houses and locationswithin New Jersey.
--Historians present lectures at our meetings. This year we learned about Jamestown, General Rochambeau, and the American Revolution.

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The Eagle Rock and Cranetown Chapters merged in 2001.

Eagle Rock Reservation Memorial to 911 Victims
Eagle Rock Reservation Memorial in Montclair, NJ
to Honor those killed on September 11, 2001

Photograph from Anne McCauley with her permission

Eagle Rock Chapter was organized on June 14, 1895. It was named for the high rock on Orange Mountain, used in the American Revolution by General Washington as an observation point during the period when his headquarters were at Morristown. The Organizing Regent was Elizabeth Denison Cox Sullivan (Mrs. Theodore Greene). She was noted for high unselfish devotion to the public good.

This plaque marks the location of a house used by General George Washington as temporary headquarters on October 26, 1780,
This plaque marks the location of a house used by General
George Washington as temporary headquarters on October 26, 1780
Photograph provided by Eagle Rock-Cranetown Chapter.

The Eagle Rock Chapter (along with the SAR) in 1922 placed a bronze marker on a large boulder on a private house property at the corner of Valley Road and Claremount Avenue in Montclair. This marks the house of Nathanial and Mercy Crane where General George Washington and General Lafayette stayed in October 1780. The chapter gave two special chairs made of wood from the sunken British ship the SS Augusta (from the Battle of Red Bank, October 1777) to first the Watson House, and secondly the New Jersey Room in Washington D.C. In 1968 their former chapter regent, Mrs. Frederick Griswold Jr., was became New Jersey State Regent, and then in 1974 she was elected the Recording Secretary General of the National Society DAR.

Grover Cleveland Birthplace
Grover Cleveland Birthplace, 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, New Jersey

Photograph from Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress.

The Cranetown Chapter chapter was organized in 1941 with Raymond B. Jones as Organizing Regent. she was a descendant of patriot William Annin of New Jersey. She was also owner of the Annin Flag Co. of Verona, New Jersey.

The Cranetown Chapter actively supported the President Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell, New Jersey by holding an annual meeting there on his birthday March 18th, giving a silk flag to the birthplace, planting trees in honor of past regents, and accepting a fan that belonged to Mrs. Francis Cleveland (given to the chapter from a daughter, Mrs. John Amen). The fan was then presented to the NSDAR Museum in Washington DC. The chapter is proud to support the Gen. William Gould Society C.A.R. which was organized in 1950.

(American Revolution and Victorian Times)

Reverend James Caldwell at the Battle of Springfield, Watercolor by Henry Alexander Ogden
Reverend James Caldwell at the Battle of Springfield,
Watercolor by Henry Alexander Ogden

Source: Library of Congress

1776- Montclair- Eagle Rock Reservation (West Orange) high in the Orange and Watchung mountains was an excellent location for Gen.George Washington to station his Minute Men with a canon and a fire to alert the Patriots, when the British would leave Staten Island and come to New Jersey with their troops, guns and canons.

1780 Montclair-
Gen. Washington and Gen. Lafayette stayed at the
Crane House (not the one existing today) for several weeks with their troops. The former Crane House was at the corner of Claremont and Valley Road and is marked by a bronze plate on a boulder and a flag, which the SAR and DAR erected in 1922. Montclair was called Cranetown during the Revolution.

1781 Caldwell-
Rev. Caldwell, military chaplain, was murdered by the British, after his wife was murdered one year earlier, leaving nine orphaned children. Horseneck changed its name to Caldwell, because he had preached there many times and he was loved.

Likeness of Grover Cleveland 1823 Caldwell - Pres. Grover Cleveland was born the son of the minister of the First Presbyterian church. He was president serving two non consecutive terms 1885-1889 and 1893-1897. He accepted the Statue of Liberty from France 1886-7 and he signed the charter for the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1896 in Washington D.C.

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