Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

RESTORED 1866 LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE IS ON HISTORIC REGISTERS

The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Borough of Florham Park with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the borough’s restored circa 1866 “Little Red Schoolhouse, which is the borough’s icon.

Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse

Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s June 8 meeting held at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township.

The restoration project was partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which provided $202,000 to Florham Park for the project.

“This is quite a remarkable project and a great use of county preservation funds,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “Preserving our history is vitally important and Florham Park has done remarkable work in preserving a real treasure for their community. They deserve congratulations for their outstanding work.’’

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(l/r) Freeholders Doug Cabana and Hank Lyon, Ray Chang, Mayor Mark Taylor, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, John Cesaro, Christine Myers and Tom Mastrangelo

Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Florham Park project:

Constructed in 1866, the Little Red Schoolhouse served as the area’s only school until 1914.

It is listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places and represents a classic American one-room schoolhouse.

  • The schoolhouse is the borough’s icon, appearing at the center of the borough’s flag, letterhead, website and logo.
  • With assistance from County Historic Preservation grants totaling more than $202,000, the borough successfully completed ADA compliance, cupola and bell restoration, site work, and a structural lintel.
  • A 2015 grant will help finance completion of the restoration of the wood shingle roof.

For more information on the Little Red Schoolhouse, and the borough’s history, visit: http://www.newjerseymemories.com/2015/07/the-little-red-schoolhouse-in-florham.html or http://www.florhamparkboro.net/

For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/