In 1872, Tenafly joined with six neighboring villages to form Palisades Township. Tenafly was incorporated as an independent borough by a vote of 137 to 130 on January 24, 1894. The population was 1,532. The first borough election followed promptly and the first council meeting a week later.
Tenafly evolved from grants of land to David desMarets (Demarest) in 1677, to Jacobus Van Cortlandt in 1688, and to Roelof Westervelt in 1695. Westervelt repaid the Indians in 1705 for his portion thus establishing more harmonious relations. READ MORE.