Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Seward House is on State and National Historic Registers
The Morris County Board of Freeholders last night honored Mount Olive for its preservation efforts with a county preservation plaque to be installed in the circa mid-1800s Seward House, which is an important part of the Township’s history.
The Seward House, which is located in Turkey Brook Park, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
The Italianate style farmhouse was constructed in the mid-1800s, and had an 1860 addition. It currently sits on 270 acres of parkland and is not occupied.
Accepting the historic marker last night at the Board of Freeholders’ county government meeting held in Mount Olive was Mayor Rob Greenbaum and Township Historian Thea Dunkle.
Historic restoration work done so far at the Seward House has been financed partly by the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program.
The Freeholder Board on Wednesday night approved the latest round of voter-approved preservation grants for projects across the county. Included was a $195,960 construction grant for the Seward House project. The money will be used for phase II exterior restoration, including the cupola, cornices, masonry chimneys, slate roof, structural reinforcement of floor and roof framing.
“The excellent preservation work done on the Seward House is helping to preserve a very important and unique facet of Mount Olive’s history,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “The municipal leaders of this effort have done a remarkable job in preserving a real historic treasure for the community. We congratulate them for their outstanding effort.’’
Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Mount Olive project:
For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/planning/divisions/prestrust/historic/
For information on Mount Olive history, visit: http://www.mtolivehistory.com/