Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall historic site in Long Hill was one of six projects recently honored by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council, which announced recipients of the 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects, groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

photo collage of 27th Annual NJ Historic Preservation Awards, featuring Colonial soldiers in front of old county courthouseThe 2017 award honorees also included restoration of a Greek Revival Italianate residence, a 117-year-old fountain, reconstruction of a Dutch barn, an Eagle Scout project, and establishment of a heritage tourism website.

“This year’s award recipients have taken on the worthy cause of preserving the important links to our past, while ensuring that our state’s heritage and architectural works are sustained,” said state DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “Their efforts help preserve our state’s storied history and improve the quality of life for all residents of New Jersey.”

“We congratulate Long Hill for its successful efforts to preserve its heritage and the entire Freeholder Board is proud to see this project recognized by the state for its excellence,” said Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers.

The awards were presented on Thursday, May 11 at the Olde Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly.

Each of the projects chosen have significantly contributed to the advancement of historic preservation; restorations, rehabilitations, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings and cultural landscapes; establishing innovative documentation of our historic resources which contribute to the knowledge of our past; and pioneering inventive efforts to preserve communities, buildings, archaeological sites, and other types of historic resources.

“These awards are our chance to honor the many private individuals, organizations and corporations, as well as state, county and local governments who work hard to preserve New Jersey’s historic places,” said Kate Marcopul, Administrator and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  “It is inspiring to see citizens taking action to preserve New Jersey’s historic resources.”

More information on the 2017 Historic Preservation Award winners may be found at:  www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/4sustain/awds2017.htm

2017 Historic Preservation Award Winners

Photo of the Millington Schoolhouse

Millington Schoolhouse

Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall, Long Hill Township, Morris County
Clarke Caton Hintz
A rehabilitation project of this 200-plus year-old building, adapted through the years to serve its community as a one-room schoolhouse, library, and town hall. Despite numerous additions, the original school room is retained and will now serve as open meeting space and exhibits. The ongoing project for this National Register-listed site includes a preservation plan including oral histories of the schoolhouse, development of construction documents, and three phases of rehabilitation work.

BAYADA Headquarters Interior Rehabilitation, Moorestown, Burlington County
Historic Building Architects, LLC
A rehabilitation project meticulously restoring and transforming an 1858 Greek Revival Italianate home into the corporate headquarters of BAYADA Home Health Care. This project recognizes the importance of downtown revitalization, and set the highest standards in demonstrating how historic buildings can work for modern office facilities.

Photo of Bayada Headquarters

Bayada Headquarters

“Journey Through Jersey” Website
History in the Making & New Jersey Historic Trust
Launched by the New Jersey Historic Trust, the  Journey Through Jersey website is the state’s first dedicated solely to promoting heritage tourism activity in New Jersey. This effort raises awareness of the importance and benefits of historic preservation, both economically and socially.  To be included on the website, historic sites must meet professional criteria and fall under one or more preset historic themes.

Rockingham Dutch Barn, Kingston, Middlesex County
HMR Architects
This circa 1800 Dutch barn was relocated from a nearby property to the Rockingham Historic Site – General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters. Its restoration and reconstruction replaces the property’s original barn, which was most likely of the Dutch variety.  This building aides the site’s historic interpretation functions, as well as meeting the modern need for visitation growth through events and programming.

Photo of Woodwild Park Horse Trough

Woodwild Park Horse Trough Photo Credit: Deborah Kmetz

Sarah B. Jordan Boarding House Commemoration, Edison, Middlesex County
Steven Zederbaum
The transformation of a vacant lot into an interpretive historic destination is the creative result of an Eagle Scout project.  Bringing history to life, the interpretive signage commemorates the Sarah B. Jordan Boarding House – which once stood across the street from Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory – and the social and community roles it played in the close-knit company village.

Woodwild Park Horse Trough Restoration, Metuchen, Middlesex County
Metuchen Historic Preservation Committee
The restoration of Metuchen’s “horse trough” fountain is a collaborative story of historic preservation, community involvement and professional craftsmanship.  Dating from 1900, the cast iron fountain has been meticulously restored.  Its components included the horse trough basin, a dog bowl, and water spigot. The monument is a prominent element within the newly designated Middlesex Avenue-Woodwild Park Historic District.

To learn more about the 2017 Annual Historic Preservation Awards, visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/4sustain/awds2017.htm

To learn more about the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office and its programs, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/

Trough photo: Deborah Kmetz