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A Timeline of Plainfield History

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Benjamin Hull purchases "Blondyn Plains",  a large tract of land in southwest Plainfield from Cowankeen, a Native American

Letter from Thomas Gordon from the Cedar Brook of East New Jersey in America to George Ellison of Edinburgh Scotland documents the settlement of Plainfield

Queen Anne takes control of the colony of Jersey and encourages growth of the slave trade

First mention of the name "Plainfield" on the birth record of Elizabeth Laing of the Society of Friends

First frame house is built in Plainfield

First Quaker Meeting in Plainfield is established in the home of John Laing

Drake House is built by three sons of Isaac Drake of Randolph Road and Drake's three male slaves

Military action at the Battle of Short Hills on the grounds of the present day Plainfield Country Club

Friends Meeting House erected on Watchung Avenue, formerly known as
Peace Street

A Post Office is established in Plainfield

Fire Engine Company #1 is formed

Establishment of a Ladies Library

The Herald, Plainfield's first newspaper is published

Publication of The Plainfield Union and General Advertiser

Trains are operating on a regular schedule between Elizabethtown and Plainfield

Plainfield becomes a township (population less than 1,500)

Plainfield establishes the first public schools in the state under the leadership of Dr. Charles Stillman

Plainfield is incorporated as a city

Muhlenberg Hospital opens in the vestry of Grace Church

The first telephone central station opens with 15 subscribers

Establishment of the Plainfield Public Library by Job Male at the corner of Park and Eighth

Establishment of The Courier News by F. W. Runyon

W. J. Buttfield secures the first municipal broadcasting license issued in the U.S. for WEAM Radio

First meeting of the Historical Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield

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