Convent Station, New Jersey
The community is named after, and contains, the railroad station established during the 1870s to serve the 200-acre (0.81 km2) complex of the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, a Catholic school operated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. The academy was the first secondary school for young women in the state, established in 1860, the same year that they established their motherhouse at Morristown.
The namesake complex contains the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, which was founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey. The academy is a private college preparatory school for young women with an enrollment of two hundred and thirty students and it is the oldest secondary school for young women in New Jersey.
Five years later, in 1865, Morristown incorporated with a boundary that then excluded the convent's large land holdings. That boundary line officially separated the two in 1895 when Morristown was formally set off from the township.
The College of Saint Elizabeth, which was founded on the campus in 1899, is the oldest college for women in New Jersey and one of the first Catholic colleges in the United States to award degrees to women. The Saint Elizabeth campus also includes the Villa of Saint Ann. At one time there also was a kindergarten and elementary school on the campus and, for many years, the complex was sustained by dairy products and produce from its own large farm.
Among the neighborhoods of Convent Station are: Bradwahl, Cromwell Hills, and the Normandy Parkway Historic District. The Morris Township Municipal Building and the Morris Township Police Headquarters are in Convent Station.
The Morris Museum is in Convent Station.
Notable current and former residents of Convent Station include:
- Morris County Elementary / Secondary Schools, Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. Accessed July 26, 2008.
- "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 195.
- Canfarotta, Michael. "SJU’s homegrown Red Bull", Times Ledger, December 16, 2011. Accessed July 18, 2012. "On Dec. 5, it was announced that Lade signed a contract with his hometown club. The Convent Station, N.J. native — from just outside Morristown — native was thrilled that he would be getting an opportunity to play for the team he grew up watching."