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Florham Park is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey.  As of the 2010 Census, the borough population was 10,727 and has a total area of 7.4 square miles.  Florham Park was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1899 from portions of Chatham Township.

Florham Park is a small suburban community located in Southeastern Morris County, approximately 30 miles west of New York City.  Newcomers to the Florham Park area will find attractive homes lining tranquil streets.  The well-developed community is home to several leading companies as well as several area colleges.

Residents enjoy excellent schools, a beautiful library as well as other activities such as Summer Gazebo Concerts and a 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Display.  Recreational amenities include a conservation area in Florham Park, lush local parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, league sports, tennis courts, swimming pools, a skating rink, YMCA facilities, and a golf course. 

Transportation efficiencies combine major thoroughfares with bus service to New York and train service to Hoboken from Madison.

The Florham Park School District serves public school students in grades K through 8. The schools in the district are Briarwood Elementary School (grades K-2), Brooklake Elementary School (grades 3-5) and Ridgedale Middle School (grades 6-8).

Students in public school for grades 9 - 12 are served by the Hanover Park Regional High School District, attending Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, together with students from East Hanover Township.  The district also serves students from the neighboring community of Hanover Township at Whippany Park High School in the Whippany.

Holy Family School is a Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.

Portions of the College of Saint Elizabeth campus are in Florham Park, including the Villa of Saint Ann, a classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside, and the original dairy farm for the complex. Portions of the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus, College at Florham, also are located in Florham Park.

Area colleges include--
- College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Rd, Morristown
- Drew University, 36 Madison Ave, Madison
- Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.-Florham, 285 Madison Ave, Madison

The New York Jets call Florham Park home with their state of the art training facility and corporate headquarters located there.

Corporate Employers include--
- BASF Corp - Biotechnology Company
100 Campus Drive, Florham Park
- Global Crossing Inc - Telephone Conferencing
200 Park Ave, Florham Park

Points of Interest include--
- Florham Park Roller Rink - located in at 192 Ridgedale Avenue, has been a landmark family amusement center for about 70 years.
- Pinch Brook Golf Course - located at 234 Ridgedale Avenue
- Brook Lake Country Club - located on Brooklake Road
- Fish Tract - a park found on Brooklake Road

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Samuel Ford, Jr.'s, Hammock Farm, 310 Columbia Tpke., Florham Park
- Rev. John Hancock House, Cider Mill and Cemetery, 45 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park
- Little Red Schoolhouse, 203 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park

The Borough of Florham Park is bordered on the South by Madison and Chatham Boroughs; on the North by Hanover and East Hanover Townships; on the West by Morris Township; and on the East by the Passaic River.

The area was first settled by the English sometime between 1680 and 1700, and the community was long recognized as a prime farming area.  The area was known for the manufacture of quality brooms.  It was part of Hanover Township, then Chatham Township before being incorporated as Florham Park in 1899.

Florence Vanderbilt (1854–1952), granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, renowned as the richest man in America, and her husband, financier, Hamilton McKown Twombly, came to the Morris County countryside in 1887, joining over 100 other millionaires who owned sprawling country retreats. They fancied an English-style country mansion in a stately park setting. "Florham," built on 840 acres, one of America's finest Gilded Age homes, was the result. The couple named their new estate "Florham," a combination of their first names, Florence and Hamilton.

The second part to the name "Florham Park" received its name from a second mansion in town that was on about 1,000 acres of land.  It used to lie where the current Brooklake Country Club is located.  It was owned by Dr. Leslie Ward — one of the founders of the Prudential Insurance Company and the first vice president of the company — and was named "Brooklake Park", partially because of the beautiful lake that was on the property.

Both of these families were supporters of many civic projects including the petitioning of the State of New Jersey to create their own town.  In 1899, the governor signed the bill, making Florham Park a borough.

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