Remembering The Past: Highland Park Memories

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by Diane Norek Harrison

HIGHLAND PARK-Memories from a former resident: “I was born in 1929 and lived on the border of Raritan Township, now Edison, in the Lindeneau section. I could actually cross both streets, Woodbridge Ave. and Duclos Lane, and be in Edison.

“Highland Park covers an area of 1.8 square miles. At the time I lived there it was divided into sections. I came from the area called the Race Tract. Most people don’t know why but in the late 1700s or early 1800s there was a Race tract. It does not show in the records but under our property and the area surrounding us were big viaducts to drain the water from the tract which are still in the ground under many of the houses.


“As I grew up there was the Manor section which was the North side of Highland Park from North Fifth Ave to the Raritan River. Also called Livingston Manor due to the builders who provided houses to the elite who resided on that side.

“There was also the Riverview Terrace which was the south side which we called the Orchard. The orchard was a symbol due to the fact there had been many apple trees and pear trees to supply food to the people living in that area. It was also called East New Brunswick. This was probably due to the fact that Highland Park was bordered by New Brunswick on two sides.

“The race tract section where I lived was bordered by Raritan Township on two sides. Raritan Township was changed to Edison sometime after the second world war. Down Duclos Lane which divided Highland Park and Edison is a section we played called Piscataway. This was also the section where Camp Kilmer was built.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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