History and an emblem.

Berkeley Heights: 200 years

Even though Berkeley Heights has only been called “Township of Berkeley Heights” since 1951, it’s been its own township since 1809 (as evidenced by this banner). But back then, it was called “Township of New Providence.” So when you’re reading about “New Providence” in historical texts, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the writer meant “Township of New Providence” (Berkeley Heights) or “Borough of New Providence” (modern-day New Providence).

Even so, before 1951, the community was KNOWN as Berkeley Heights, so the new name will still pop up from time to time. It was possibly named after the Berkeley of Berkeley and Carteret… but the origin is really obscure, so don’t take my word on that.

The official town seal, seen here on these two-year-old banners in town, was designed by an 8th-grader in 1960:

In the spring of 1960 the Berkeley Heights Township Committee sponsored a contest in the schools to select a township seal. Patricia Jean Taylor, an eigth grader at Columbia School, designed the winning seal, which is used on official vehicles, uniforms, stationery, and the township flag. Patricia’s central symbol is the dogwood tree, which is native to this area. The test tube, the quill, and the arrowhead represent the importance of scientific research, education, and the heritage of the Lenni-Lenape Indians in the growth and development of the township of Berkeley Heights.

So there ya go.

 
Reference:

Troeger, Virginia B. (1996). Images of America: Berkeley Heights. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. 6.

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