Morsemere, New Jersey

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Morsemere is a neighborhood in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, largely in the northern part of Ridgefield and straddling the border of Palisades Park south of start of U.S. Route 46.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey
Location of Morsemere in Bergen County Inset: Location of county within the state of New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey (New Jersey)
Morsemere, New Jersey is located in the United States
Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey
Morsemere, New Jersey (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°50′34″N 74°00′17″W / 40.84278°N 74.00472°W / 40.84278; -74.00472Coordinates: 40°50′34″N 74°00′17″W / 40.84278°N 74.00472°W / 40.84278; -74.00472
Country United States
State New Jersey
BoroughPalisades Park and Ridgefield
Elevation33 ft (10 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID878502[1]
LocationRidgefield, New Jersey
Owned byNorthern Railroad of New Jersey (1859–1942)
Erie Railroad (1942–1960)
Erie Lackawanna Railway (1960–1976)
Line(s)Erie Railroad Northern Branch
Platform levels1
Other information
Station code1921[2]
ClosedSeptember 30, 1966[3]
Former services
Preceding station Erie Railroad Following station
Palisades Park
toward Nyack
Northern Branch Ridgefield station (Erie Railroad)


Morsemere is named for Samuel Morse,[5] who had bought property with the intention of building a home there, but died before doing so. His estate was subdivided[10] and laid out from 1899 to 1902.[11] It underwent massive expansion around 1910.[12][13]

The eponymous Morsemere Church was completed in 1928.[7][14] The locally founded Morsemere Trust Company was eventually subsumed by MetroCorp Bancshares.

Until the 1950s when dial telephone service arrived, the local exchange was MOrsemere 6.

The Erie Railroad Northern Branch had a station in the neighborhood as well as at Ridgfield.[10][15] The station house, built when the community was developed, burn down in 1928.[16]

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  1. ^ a b "Morsemere". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "List of Station Names and Numbers". Jersey City, New Jersey: Erie Railroad. May 1, 1916. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Maureen (October 1, 1966). "Erie's 1205 Goes for Last Trip". The Bergen Evening Record. Hackensack, New Jersey. pp. A1–A2. Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ Morsemere in Ridgefield, New Jersey (Map). May 25, 1940. doi:10.7282/T3VM4CX7 – via Map of the Morsemere section of Ridgefield, Bergen County, N.J. with insets of Palisades Park, Ridgefield and Teaneck, showing properties for sale at public auction by the State of New York Banking Department.
  5. ^ a b Santis, Mauro De (May 25, 2017). "Ridgefield". Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781467126571.
  6. ^ Jr, George M. Beck (May 2009). "Palisades Park". Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738565439.
  7. ^ a b Maehrlein, Lauren (2016). "Morsemere Community Church: A Brief History" (PDF). Morsemere was never an incorporated entity, but is a neighborhood that straddles the northern border of Ridgefield and the southern border of Palisades Park.
  8. ^ Google (March 7, 2015). "Morsemere, New Jersey" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Federal Writers' Project (October 31, 2013). "The WPA Guide to New Jersey: The Garden State". Trinity University Press.
  10. ^ a b "History of Ridgefield - Ridgefield, New Jersey". Among the noted people who owned property in the new borough was Samuel F. B. Morse. He owned property running from Morse Avenue east to Dallytown Road (Bergen Boulevard). Morse bought the property with the intention of building a home here. A barn was the only structure completed when the inventor died in 1872. The barn was later converted into a house on Morse Avenue. The Morse Estate was subdivided into 66 lots at 25-feet wide, plus about 72 lots of over 50-feet and a strip of smaller lots on the northside of development, running east and west, and sold. This venture proved extremely successful and paved the way for future real estate speculation and development.
  11. ^ "Northern Branch Corridor DEIS" (PDF). NJ Transit. December 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2021. Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor, lived in Ridgefield, and by 1891 a sub-development was planned on the Morse Estate between Edgewater Avenue and Clark Avenue, east of Morse Avenue. Between 1899 and 1902, the streets of Morsemere Park had been built in the northern section of the borough. This development, which had its own railroad depot, was named in honor of Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the Morse code.
  12. ^ "Rapid Development at Morsemere".
  13. ^ "Development at Morsemere".
  14. ^
  15. ^ Catlin, George L. (1872), Suburban Homes for City Business Men: A Description of the Country Adjacent to the Eastern Division and Branches of the Erie Railway and Northern Railroad of New Jersey, Erie Railway
  16. ^ "Morsemere Station Burns".