DENVILLE, NJ – The historic Ayres Farm House in Denville has been recommended to receive more than $149,000 in grant money for preservation work, it was announced Wednesday.

The building is one of 25 historic sites in Morris County being recommended to share $2.9 million in grants through the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund. The recommendations were made to the county freeholders by the trust fund review board.

The freeholders are expected to decide July 26 whether to adhere to the review board’s recommendations, said a statement issued by the county. “These preservation funds, overwhelmingly approved by county taxpayers, help finance the protection of our county’s heritage to ensure that we maintain important links to our past,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana in the statement.

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The review board recommended $149,040 be granted for interior restoration of the Ayres Farm House. It was built around 1885 near the Ayres-KnuthFarm Complex, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and "represents one of the most complete examples of a 19th century Morris County agricultural complex," according to a statement from the historic preservation panel. 

The money will go for work that will include repair of interior finishes, windows, doors and electrical upgrades.

“The dedicated people working to preserve our links to the past, provide lessons for the present and ensure 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.”