Greetings from the Jefferson Township Historical Society. We’re grateful to The Jefferson Chronicle for the opportunity to acquaint you with our organization and museum.

Our own history began as Jefferson planned celebrations for our national  Bicentennial. A  group of interested citizens incorporated as “The Committee for ‘76”.  One of its earliest projects was to preserve the Headley Homestead, one of the area’s oldest dwellings. As the Society grew, it accepted the task of archiving documents and artifacts of importance to Township history.

In September 1980, the new library opened its doors, leaving the little Violet Riker Library building on Dover-Milton Road vacant.  It was the perfect headquarters for the fledgling organization and offers began to pour in for its furnishings.  After renovations to this 1870s Chamberlain home were completed, it was designated as our museum.

Today, the Museum is a fine representation of late 1800s life in Jefferson Township and is listed in both State and National Registers of Historical Places.  Costumed docents will welcome you! Open the first Sunday of each month, arrangements are easily made for private tours.  Notice of special exhibitions and events are publicly announced. Currrently we are enjoying our beautiful display of live ferns as we explain “pteridomania”. We are open Sunday,  July 9,  from 1 – 4 p.m.  Our Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe is beautifully stocked and ready for your browsing.

Photo: Jefferson Township Historical Society

We are very proud to showcase the efforts and energies of the Museum Garden Club as they work to enhance and maintain our lovely landscape. Their plantings recreate a country garden appropriate to the home’s heritage.

The Historical Society reaches out to the community with informative talks of local interest.  For further information or to join the Society, visit our website at www.jthistoricalsociety.org.  Become an active part of our Township’s heritage!

Jefferson Township History is provided to The Jefferson Chronicle on a monthly basis by the Jefferson Township Historical Society, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438. You can learn more at www.jthistoricalsociety.com. They can also be reached by phone 973-697-0258, or e-mail info@jthistoricalsociety.org.

 

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