“The Father of Maplewood”, Builder Edward C. Balch

February 21, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

A little over 100 years ago Maplewood resident and entrepreneur Edward C. Balch turned his attention to improving his adopted home, at that time a rural village. From about 1903 until 1921 Balch built almost two hundred houses in various styles on the streets climbing the slopes of South Mountain near his own home. His plan was to attract families like his own who would make good citizens and contribute to the growth of a well-ordered, peaceful community. He set an example by being active in his church and founding a local business, the Orange Screen Company, which gained a national reputation. He was also instrumental in the creation of Maplewood’s bank and country club. Balch’s success -- and paternalistic presence -- earned him the respectful title of “Father of Maplewood.”

The Durand-Hedden House will present an exhibit which explores the Maplewood of Edward C. Balch’s day and the many houses and the beautiful neighborhoods that he helped to shape. Balch homeowners are invited to provide any information about their house’s construction or early residents. The hope is to develop a Balch building directory.

There will be architectural games for the kids. In honor of Washington’s Birthday the Country Store will be holding a pre-inventory sale of unique gifts and books.

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Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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