The 1741 Carter House is not only the oldest building in town and the headquarters of the Summit Historical Society, it is the city's local history museum and home to a vast archive of research materials available to the public year-round.Read More
by Patricia E. Meola
A long-time local resident has been honored with the Rocky Marciano award for lifetime achievement by his hometown in Italy.
Aldo Curiale of Whittredge Road, a lifetime member of the Summit Historical Society, grew up in San Bartolomeo in Galdo part of Benevento. He arrived in the U.S. in 1970...Read More
Georgianna Holmes was ahead of her time lots of extra text from the articleRead More
Accounts of Summit's early days rarely fail to mention Nicholas D.C. Moller, who is described as a wealthy New York merchant who moved to town in the 1850s, bought up extensive acreage in West Summit and cut Kent Place Boulevard through his properties. Few other details are provided. Curious to know more about Moller (the house I live in was built by his son Fredrick on land inherited from his father), I delved into the Summit Historical Societies archives, conducted extensive research on-line and sought the guidance of an historian at Mystic Seaport. Through these efforts I was able to to uncover more about Moller and his Family.Read More
Tucked away in a cramped space in the Summit Fire House on Broad Street is an aging icon of the city's past. Chemical Engine No.1 ,as it is known, became part of the city's lore and tradition when it was purchased in 1927 from the Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company of Columbus Ohio. The new fire truck was officially designated as a 750 gallon combination pumping engine and hose car with water tank. The price was $11,500, according to an official of the Summit Fire Department comparable engines of today are in the $500,00 to $700,00 range.
In 1909, a Newark firm called the Civic Publicity Co. published a softcover guide to Summit. most likely to be used by real estate agents and builders. The bookletdescribes teh city as "an ideal suburban home town." and features photos of schools houses of worship, hotels, businesses and municipal buildings.Read More
When it was announced that new office building called thee Claremont Corporate Center would be built on the site of the Risk mansion on the corner of Morris and Springfield avenues a reference was made to the fact that the stone structure would be preserved, noting that it "it was the residence of a prominent physician of the day who was a pillar of early Summit civic life." Even a cursory look into the history of the Risk name reveals this is quite an understatement.
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In 1927, Summit's local newspaper - The Summit Herald - called for the formation of an Historical Society. Two years later, on the evening of Feb 4, 1929, a group of citizens met in the office of Judge Arthur W. Hicks on Beechwood Road and decided to form such a Society.Read More