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Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Projects in 18 Towns Would Get $2.9 Million in 2019 Voter-Approved Funding

The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2019 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 26 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County.

J. Richardson Smith History House in Mt. Tabor

J. Richardson Smith History House in Mt. Tabor

Recommendations made on Wednesday evening (June 26) to the Morris County Board of Freeholders include grants ranging from $10,175 for construction documents for the Acorn Hall carriage house in Morristown to $70,833 towards roof replacement on the Union School House in Washington Township, and $480,000 towards acquisition of the historic Richards Block property in Dover.

The freeholders were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate. They will vote on the grant recommendations at their July 10 public meeting in Wharton.

The grant money comes from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. All 29 applications received this year received grants.

Projects recommended for awards are located in Boonton, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, Florham Park, Hanover, Madison, Mine Hill, Morristown, Morris Township, Mount Olive, Netcong, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, and Washington Township.

View the recommendations at 2019-HP-Grants.

Museum of Early Crafts and Trades in Madison

Museum of Early Crafts and Trades in Madison

Of 29 recommended grants, 11 are construction grants while the other 18 are for non-construction purposes, such as planning or construction documents.

“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation efforts that are aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us to get a hands-on understanding of our county’s history and maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Freeholder Stephen Shaw.

Freeholder Stephen H. Shaw

Freeholder Stephen Shaw

“The dedicated people working to maintain our history, providing lessons for the present and ensuring an inheritance for the future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator for Morris County. “Their efforts, supported by these grants, ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”

Awards are recommended for projects that meet program evaluation criteria in categories of construction, preservation planning, and creation of construction documents.

Criteria include historic significance, relationship of the project to community revitalization, preservation of the built or natural environment, and heritage education and tourism.

Other factors are the degree to which projects promote preservation activity, represent innovative design, reach new audiences, offer significant contributions to advancement of historic preservation; and restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings and cultural landscapes.

Review Board Chairwoman Galate said all projects were thoroughly reviewed, including site visits, and that funding decisions were made after lengthy discussion. She highlighted two projects recommended for funding this year:

Photo of Richards Block building in Dover. The name comes from the town’s first Mayor, George Richards, who erected the building.

Photo of Richards Block building in Dover. The name comes from the town’s first Mayor, George Richards, who erected the building.

Richards Block, Town of Dover

  • The 1869 Richards Block is a key contributing resource in the Blackwell Street National Register Historic District.
  • Erected by the town’s first mayor, George Richards, it represents one of the largest and most distinct examples of the district’s eclectic character.
  • $480,000 acquisition funding is recommended for Dover, which closed on the property last year.
photo of the Mount Vernon School

The Mount Vernon School in Chatham Township

Mount Vernon School, Township of Chatham

  • The circa 1860 building served as a local school and Sunday school until 1928. It later was a community center and later as a town hall, until it finally became a local history museum.
  • This would be the first site in Chatham Township to receive historic preservation funding.
  • $22,800 in funding is recommended to the Historical Society of the Chatham Township to provide for the completion of a National Register Nomination and a Preservation Plan.
    Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park

    Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park

Other projects recommended for grants, and the towns in which they are located, include, Boonton, Boonton Train Trestle and the Stone Arched Bridge; Chatham Township, Mount Vernon School; Denville, Ayres Farm Tenant House; Dover, Arthur Condict House and Richards Block; Florham Park, Little Red Schoolhouse; and Hanover Township, Whippany Burying Yard.

Acorn Hall in Morristown

Acorn Hall in Morristown

Madison, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts; Mine Hill, Bridget Smith House; Morristown, Acorn Hall Carriage House, Willow Hall, Historic Speedwell Waterwheel, Schuyler Hamilton House;  Morris Township, Willows at Fosterfields; and Mount Olive, former Baptist Church.

Martin Berry House in Pequannock

Martin Berry House in Pequannock

Netcong, Growing Stage; Parsippany, Smith-Baldwin House and Richardson History House; Pequannock, Martin Berry House; Randolph, Friends Meeting House; Rockaway Township, Ford-Faesch House; Roxbury, Lafayette School, , Morris Canal Plane 2 East, and Lake Hopatcong Train Station; and Washington Township, Union School House.

County voters in 2002 approved an amendment to the county’s Preservation Trust Fund to include the acquisition and preservation of historic sites and facilities.

Since 2003, when the first grants were awarded, 103 sites or resources in 32 Morris County municipalities have received funding assistance.

For more information on Morris County’s historic preservation program, please visit:


Morris County Historical Preservation Trust Fund 2019 Grants
Property Name Grant Type Location Funding
Ayres Farm Tenant House – Exterior Restoration C Denville Twp. $289,024
Whippany Burying Yard – Gate Restoration C Hanover Twp. $26,044
Bridget Smith House – Phase 2 Restoration C Mine Hill Twp. $201,960
Willows at Fosterfields – Porch Restoration C Morris Twp. $313,787
Acorn Hall Carriage House – Phase 1 Restoration C Morristown Town $140,980
Willow Hall – Kitchen Roof Restoration C Morristown Town $46,436
Former Baptist Church – Phase IIIB Interior Restoration C Mount Olive Twp. $229,800
Martin Berry House – Interior Rehabilitation C Pequannock Twp. $344,832
Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Flashing Upgrades C Roxbury Twp. $24,400
Morris Canal Plane 2 East – Phase 2 Stabilization C Roxbury Twp. $200,160
Union School House – Roof Replacement C Washington Twp. $70,833
Boonton Train Trestle – Conditions Assessment NC Boonton Town $26,880
Stone Arched Bridge – Construction Documents NC Boonton Town $25,440
Mount Vernon School – Preservation Plan & Nomination NC Chatham Twp. $22,800
Arthur W. Condict House – Construction Documents NC Dover Town $22,104
Richards Block – Acquisition NC Dover Town $480,000
Little Red Schoolhouse – Construction Documents NC Florham Park Boro. $18,400
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts – Construction Documents NC Madison Boro. $28,520
Acorn Hall Carriage House – Construction Documents NC Morristown Town $10,175
Historic Speedwell Waterwheel – Construction Documents NC Morristown Town $11,480
Schuyler-Hamilton House – Preservation Plan Update NC Morristown Town $23,140
Growing Stage – Construction Documents NC Netcong Boro. $34,100
Richardson History House – Construction Documents NC Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp. $31,636
Smith-Baldwin House – Construction Documents NC Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp. $39,800
Martin Berry House – Construction Documents NC Pequannock Twp. $18,560
Friends Meeting House – Construction Documents NC Randolph Twp. $60,448
Ford-Faesch House – Construction Documents NC Rockaway Twp. $33,660
Lafayette School – Construction Documents NC Roxbury Twp. $51,260
Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Construction Documents NC Roxbury Twp. $25,040