Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Morris County Freeholders recognized the historic preservation efforts of the Trustees of the Ralston Cider Mill and the Township of Mendham prior to their regular freeholder meeting in Mendham Township on Sept. 22.

The freeholders presented a bronze plaque to Raymond Nadaskay, a trustee of theFreeholders Recognize Ralston Cider Mill Preservation Efforts Ralston Cider Mill, and to township Mayor Maribeth Thomas for the work the community has done and its partnership with the county to preserve the Cider Mill.

Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo said since 2003, the county has assisted in those preservation efforts through freeholder approval of more than $766,000 in grants from the Morris County Preservation Trust.

The funds have enabled the township and cider mill trustees to successfully restore the building to an operating cider mill museum; complete a Preservation Plan; stabilize the structure; restore the exterior, the mill equipment and metal shed; and install a fire suppression system.

Ray Chang, director of the historic preservation portion of the Preservation Trust, said the stone mill was constructed as a gristmill around 1850, and was modified in 1908 to make apple cider, apple jack and peach brandy. A hidden still in the mill allowed the production of applejack even through prohibition.

The Ralston Cider Mill is listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing resource within the Ralston Historic District.