A small town that grew out of Elizabethtown and then Rahway, Clark was a remote farm area for centuries. Post World War II came population boom, when most available farmland was suddenly gobbled up. The numbers really tell the story-from 1940 to 1948 Clark’s population almost doubled. From 1950-1960 it nearly tripled. Today, the 4.3 square mile town has approximately 16,500 residents.
Lets rewind and look at how it all began. Settlers moved west from Elizabethtown (present day Elizabeth) and were attracted by the fertile farmland along the Rahway River. In 1686, Dr. William Robinson bought 700 acres and became one of Clark’s first settlers, although at that time it was still Elizabethtown. Dr. Robinson’s home was preserved by the Clark Historical Society, and is now one of a dozen historic residences in town. The town has developed a Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum. The museum highlights the life of a plantation owner in the 17th century.
Clark became the Fifth Ward of Rahway and remained until 1864. When the townspeople needed a name for their new community, they chose to honor Abraham Clark a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Hyatt Hills Golf Complex offers a scenic 9-hole course, full-service clubhouse, driving range, mini golf, and much more. Bring your family, and friends for a day full of fun in Clark!
Oakridge Park is a quite, safe, clean, and enjoyable place to go. The park offers parking lots, picnic tables, and jogging paths. You can run, bike, sunbath or simply just hangout.
Predicted to open August 1, 2015 is Clark Commons Complex. The complex is said to include Whole Foods, Home Goods, Chipotle, Applebee’s, Panera Bread, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Hallmark, and many many more retailers.
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