Posted Thursday, August 15th, 2019
Union Schoolhouse is on the State and National Historic Registers
The Morris County Board of Freeholders last night honored the Washington Township Historical Society for its continuing preservation efforts on the circa mid-1830s Union Schoolhouse, which is an important part of the township’s history.
The county governing board presented the Society with a county preservation plaque to be installed in the Schoolhouse, which is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
The German-masonry building, located on Fairview Avenue, was constructed in 1830. Its served as a school for 56 years and then was transformed into housing, and later used as a library and historical center.
Accepting the historic marker (to be placed on the Schoolhouse) at the Board of Freeholders’ county government meeting held in Washington Township was Washington Township Historical Society President Annette Sadloski and Trustee Mary Ann Kordys.
Historic restoration work done so far at the Union Schoolhouse has been financed partly by the voter-approved Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
“We applaud the excellent work being done to preserve the Union Schoolhouse, which is a very important and unique facet of Washington Township’s history,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “The Historical Society and municipal leaders have done a remarkable job in saving and enhancing a real historic treasure for the community.”
Morris County Planning and Preservation Director Christine Marion provided details of the Washington Township project:
For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/planning/divisions/prestrust/historic/
For information on the Washington Township Historical Society, visit: http://wthsnj.org/