I wish I had more to share on this Thornhill Park; this is all I can find. I only found out about it by accident when researching the home of Judge EM Gibson, who lived on a ranch in the area where Thornhill School is now and over to Aspinwall Drive. Judge Gibson lived there in the late 1880s. I will soon post something on the first residents of Montclair, which will include Gibson. I will call this page a work in progress to be updated.
Thornhill Park was first advertised for sale in May of 1917. It was handled by the Reality Syndicate at first and then Phil Hearty, a local Montclair Real Estate Agent. The area was only known as Thornhill Park for a few years; it is now called Montclair and possibly Forest Park (another blog in the works) or whatever is best to sell the area.
Thornhill Park was an area of small farms of 1/4 acre to 1 acre where you could grow your own food or say raise chickens, as noted in the ad below.
By 1922 they were having a “Liquidation Sale” and trying to “close out” the rest of the tract. Selling 1/2 acre lots for 66 cents on the $1.00. It seems Thornhill Park wasn’t a big seller. I noticed it wasn’t advertised as much as any of the other tracts in Montclair like Forest Park, Merriewood, or Fernwood were. Later on, Phil Hearty, a developer, and agent who had an office at 5815 Thornhill for years, took over the sale of the remaining Thornhill Park lot. Now Thornhill Park is part of Forest Park and Montclair Highlands.
Some of the homes in Thornhill Park –
A September 1919 advertisement for 6-Room Bungalow on One Acre in Beautiful Thornhill Park located at 650 Thorn Road (now Thornhill Drive). It is my best guess that this is not 6110 or 6116 Thornhill Drive. 650 Thorn Road is one address that I can’t link to a new address number. But I am reasonably sure that it is one of those two.
6138 Thornhill Drive is another on the original homes in Thornhill Park. Back in the 1920s, the address was 670 Thorn Road. The Bullard family lived there until the 1990s, from what I can tell. 6022 Thornhill Drive also. Col. George and Edith Mullin moved there in about 1917 when the address was 570 Thorn Road. The Mullin’s played a significant role in the Montclair Women’s Club and Montclair Presbyterian Church.
For now, this is all I have.