The Durrand-Hedden House is a historical house owned and maintained by the township. The house and its grounds,…More called Grasmere Park, occasionally play host to events and lectures. The herb garden, maintained by Maplewood Garden Club, reportedly boasts one of the largest herb collections in the northeast.
The house itself was built in 1790 on a 72-acre property bought by Ebenezer Hedden before the Revolutionary War. In the 18th century, the house was built by his son, Obadiah Hedden. The house was purchased by Henry Durand, the brother of Hudson River School painter and fellow Maplewood resident Asher Durand.
Eventually, the house fell into disrepair, and was bought by the township of Maplewood in 1977, and named the Durand-Hedden House. It is open to the public.
The Maplewood Municipal Court, located in the same building as the police department, tries cases involving offenses…More that occurred within the township's borders. According to its website, the court hears indictable offenses, disorderly or petty disorderly offenses, township ordinance complaints including weights and measures, moving violations (traffic), parking violations and DWIs (driving while intoxicated).
The court also offers the Maplewood Mediation Program, through which people can resolve select complaints and disputes without risking a criminal conviction for any party involved.