Posted Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Carriage House was Typical for Gentleman’s Farm
The Morris County Historical Society announces the receipt of two 2019 grants for historic preservation from the Morris County Board of Freeholders, who approved funding based upon the recommendation of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board.
MCHS was awarded a $140,980 grant for construction of phase one of the roof restoration and structural stabilization of the Acorn Hall Carriage House. Funds will cover costs associated with replacement of collar ties, restoration of the original roof and gutter system, restoration of exterior woodwork including the cupola, and stabilization of the north and south walls.
MCHS also was awarded $10,175 for construction documents to guide phase two of the restoration and interior rehabilitation of the carriage house, which will focus on preparing the carriage house to be opened to the public and interpreted as an example of an active and productive “gentleman’s farm.’’
“The restoration and preservation efforts aided by the county’s voter-approved grant program allows us maintains important links to our county’s history, ’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who is the Freeholder Board’s liaison to the County Heritage Commission.
The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board in June recommended $2.9 million in grants from the county’s 2019 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 26 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County, including for Acorn Hall.
The county grants for Acorn Hall will be combined with funds awarded to the MCHS by the New Jersey Historic Trust in 2017 to help finance the project.
Acorn Hall’s carriage house was constructed as part of the Italianate country residence in 1853 and expanded in 1860. It represents a mid-19th Century utilitarian carriage house used in the process of farming, orchard tending, and small animal husbandry on the once nine-acre property.
“MCHS is looking forward to the Carriage House being consistently open and available to the public, for the first time ever, as we continue our efforts to promote and preserve the history of both Acorn Hall and its associated landscape within the context of Morristown and New Jersey,’’ said Society Executive Director Amy Curry.
MCHS is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave., Morristown. It is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. For more information, call MCHS at 973-267-3465 or visit www.MorrisCountyHistory.org