Local historian Virginia Troeger spoke to the Berkeley Heights Women's Club on Tuesday as part of a celebration of the town's 200th birthday. Mrs. Troeger, author of two books about Berkeley Heights in the Images of America series, began by describing the glaciers that formed the local topography during the ice age and brought the timeline right up to the present day. It was a whirlwind tour made fascinating by the speaker's enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of her subject.
The Berkeley Heights Public Library Reference Department answers many questions about local history by using Mrs. Troeger's books and we often call or email her for help or to refer patrons to her. She has always been very generous with her time and knowledge for which we thank her. The library is currently updating its local history collection which is shelved in the main reference area and includes books, and a file of pamphlets and newspaper clippings. For researching local history, start with these books.
Some titles from Virginia Troeger's Berkeley Heights, NJ, Selected Bibliography 2009
From the Passaiack to the Wach Unks, a history of the Township of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. 1977
Berkeley Heights (Images of America Series) by Virginia Troeger, 1996
Berkeley Heights Revisited (Images of America Series) by Virginia Troeger, 2005
The Deserted Village and the Blue Brook Valley by the Trailside Museum Assoc. 1964
Utopia, New Jersey - travels in the nearest Eden by Perdita Buchan, 2007 includes a chapter on Free Acres in Berkeley Heights.