Cadmus House Museum


The Cadmus House is the official Museum for the Borough of Fair Lawn. The Cadmus House, an old Dutch-style stone building is located on Pollitt Drive next to the Radburn railroad station. The Museum has historical artifacts of Fair Lawn ranging from Native American arrowheads to World War I and II uniforms. There are maps from the 1880’s, old farm tools and parts of the former Hopper-Croucher farmhouse. Two original fireplaces contain old cookware. Upstairs are the Victorian Room with period furniture and toys, and the Fireman’s Room displaying old fire fighting equipment and pictures of early firefighters and the 1941 Plaza Building fire.

Among more recent acquisitions for the museum are eight of the original drawings of historic Fair Lawn buildings which appeared on the Columbia Savings and Loan 1976 Bicentennial Calendar. Other new acquisitions include police marshal gear from 1924 and items from the late Melvin Naugle estate dating from the Borough’s founding and earlier. Notable are early photos of the Naugle family outside their pre-Revolutionary stone house on Dunkerhook Road, now threatened by new housing. Still on display are many of the photographs of “Lost Fair Lawn”, historic buildings that have been lost to development.