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Posted Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Projects in 18 Morris Towns Would Get Voter-Approved Preservation Funds

The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore, or protect 28 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County.

The grant money would come from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

photo of the Seward House in Mount Olive

Restoration of the historic Seward House in Mount Olive was recommended for a county preservation grant

The recommendations were presented last evening at the Morris County Board of Freeholders remote meeting (due to COVID-19).

They included grants ranging from $4,500 for construction documents for the Women’s Club of Morristown, to $89,820 for an electrical system at the King Homestead Museum in Roxbury, and $320,000 for the Stone Arch Bridge stablization project in the Town of Boonton.

Freeholder Stephen Shaw

Freeholder Stephen Shaw

The largest amount, $480,000, would be used towards the purchase of the historic Morristown Post Office in downtown Morristown.

The freeholders, who were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate, will make a final decision on the recommendations at the board’s Aug. 12 public meeting.

Recommended projects are located in Boonton, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Hanover, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Netcong, Parsippany, Randolph, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, and Washington Township.

2020 HP Recommendations – Summary

2020 HP Recommendations – Chart

“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us preserve and better understand Morris County’s history, and it maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw.

“The many dedicated county residents who work to maintain our history, which offers lessons for the present and ensures an inheritance for our future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator for Morris County. “These county grants assist their efforts to ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”

Chairwoman Galate highlighted two of the many projects in her presentation to the freeholders.

photo shows water running under Stone Arch Bridge in Boonton

Water runs under Stone Arch Bridge in Boonton

Stone Arch Bridge, Town of Boonton

The 1866 Stone Arched Bridge served as a viaduct to provide fire protection for the Boonton Ironworks. It is the only intact portion of the ironworks remaining.

It now functions as a walking bridge and overlook for the Boonton waterfalls, and is the only connection across the Rockaway River from Grace Lord Park to the ironworks.

The $320,000 funding is recommended to provide for stabilization and repair of the masonry structure including stone cleaning, raking and repointing of mortar, and replacement of concrete bridge deck.

photo of Scott Farm barn in Mendham Borough

Scott Farm barn in Mendham Borough

Scott Farm Barn, Borough of Mendham

The Scott Farm Barn (aka the Cary Barn) is a c. 1825 banked English barn. It is listed on the Historic Registers as part of the individually listed Stephen Cary House property.

The property was continuously farmed until the 1990’s, and in 2015 the Borough of Mendham, with assistance from the County Open Space Trust Fund, purchased 10.5 acres, which included the barn.

The $16,000 funding is recommended to provide for the completion of a Preservation Plan.

For information on the selection process, visit the county’s Historic Preservation site.
2020 Historic Preservation Recommendations
Property Name Grant Type Location Funding
Boonton Holmes Public Library – Exterior Restoration Construction Boonton Town $221,360
Stone Arch Bridge – Bridge Stabilization Construction Boonton Town $320,000
Arthur W. Condict House – Exterior Restoration Construction Dover Town $144,576
Whippany Burying Yard – Stones & Lane Restoration Construction Hanover Twp. $20,995
L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum – Interior Restoration Construction Kinnelon Boro. $263,760
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts – Phase 5 Interior Construction Madison Boro. $286,321
Acorn Hall Carriage House – Phase II Rehabilitation Construction Morristown Town $245,488
Historic Speedwell Waterwheel – Waterwheel Restoration Construction Morristown Town $311,329
Seward House – Phase 1C Partial Exterior Restoration Construction Mount Olive Twp. $220,000
Growing Stage – Fly System Restoration Construction Netcong Boro. $274,800
Richardson History House – Phase 2 Construction Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp. $177,647
Smith-Baldwin House – Phase 3 Rehabilitation Construction Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp. $250,000
Friends Meeting House – Roof Restoration Construction Randolph Twp. $198,190
Ford-Faesch House – Partial Interior Restoration Construction Rockaway Twp. $300,656
King Homestead Museum – Store Electrical System Construction Roxbury Twp. $89,820
Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Site Restoration Construction Roxbury Twp. $331,632
Boonton Train Trestle – Engineering Assessment Non-Construction Boonton Town $36,800
Mount Vernon School – Construction Documents Non-Construction Chatham Twp. $16,600
Ayres Farm Garage – Construction Documents Non-Construction Denville Twp. $17,500
Cook House – Preservation Plan Non-Construction East Hanover Twp. $22,360
Madison Masonic Lodge – Construction Documents Non-Construction Madison Boro. $21,440
Phoenix House – Construction Documents Non-Construction Mendham Boro. $32,050
Scott Farm Barn – Preservation Plan Non-Construction Mendham Boro. $16,000
Morristown Post Office – Acquisition Non-Construction Morristown Town $480,000
Schuyler-Hamilton House – Construction Documents Non-Construction Morristown Town $12,920
Woman’s Club of Morristown – Construction Documents Non-Construction Morristown Town $4,500
Former Borough Hall – Preservation Plan Non-Construction Mount Arlington Boro. $22,400
Obadiah LaTourette Grist and Saw Mill – Preservation Plan Non-Construction Washington Twp. $30,856
Total Funding: $4,370,000