Norwood is in Bergen County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Norwood offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Norwood and residents tend to have moderate political views.
The territory comprising Norwood was originally settled about 1686 by a dozen or more families mostly from the Dutch Republic, who purchased the land under the Tappan Patent. About that time a grant was also given by Philip Carteret, Governor of the Province of East Jersey, during the reign of King Charles II of England. The Lenni Lenape Native Americans roamed the valley.
The name Norwood emanated from the old description of its location in the “North-Woods”. It was a part of Harrington Township, which was formed in 1775 from the northernmost portions of Hackensack Township and New Barbadoes Township, stretching from the Hudson River in the east to the Saddle River in the west.
In 1840, the portions of Harrington Township west of the Hackensack River were taken away to create Washington Township. At that point, Harrington Township was somewhat in the form of a square measuring about 5 miles (8 km) on each side, bounded on the north by Rockland County, New York; east by the Hudson River, south by Hackensack Township and west by the Hackensack River. At that time, Norwood, Northvale (once called Neuvy), Old Tappan, Demarest, Closter and Harrington Park were communities within Harrington Township.
On March 14, 1905, Norwood seceded from its parent Harrington Township and was incorporated as an independent borough.
The public schools in Norwood are highly rated. If you have children who love sports there are opportunities for baseball, soccer, football & cheer in Norwood, NJ. Take a moment to join the Facebook Group for Norwood Families to see how they live and more of what the community has to offer.
Also check out the neighboring community of Closter, NJ.