Thursday, July 27th, 2017

MARTIN BERRY HOUSE IS ON STATE AND NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTERS

photo: Front (l/r) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Elaine Stapp, Deputy Mayor Cathy Winterfield,  Jay Wanczyk, Lou Hebert, and Coleen Saar; Back (l/r) Dave Stapp, Freeholders Deborah Smith, Hank Lyon, and John Cesaro, Ray Chang, Paul Havemann, and Freeholders Christine Myers and Tom Mastrangelo                      

Front (l/r) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Elaine Stapp, Deputy Mayor Cathy Winterfield,  Jay Wanczyk, Lou Hebert, and Coleen Saar; Back (l/r) Dave Stapp, Freeholders Deborah Smith, Hank Lyon, and John Cesaro, Ray Chang, Paul Havemann, and Freeholders Christine Myers and Tom Mastrangelo

The Morris County Freeholders have honored the Township of Pequannock with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the borough’s circa 1720 Martin Berry House, an iconic township site and home of its historical society.

Pequannock Deputy Mayor Catherine Winterfield, along with members of the Pequannock Township Historical Society, accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s Wednesday meeting held in Kinnelon.

photo of Martin Berry House

Martin Berry House

The restoration project was partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which provided $175,000 to Pequannock for the project.

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

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

  • The circa 1720 home is an outstanding example of surviving Dutch architecture of the 18th century featuring a gambrel roof, shallow fireplaces, interior chimneys, 20-inch thick rubble stone walls and massive roof framing.
  • The Martin Berry House was documented historically through the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1939 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.hitoric marker for Martin Berry House
  • The township, with assistance of County Historic Preservation grants totaling $175,000, has acquired the house, and is working to create a living history museum.

For more information on the Martin Berry House, visit:

http://martinberryhouse.org/news or https://www.facebook.com/MartinBerryHouse/ a

For more information on Pequannock’s history: http://www.peqtwp.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=60&TPID=9733

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