DENVILLE, NJ – Denville’s Ayres Farm Tenant House is among the properties to receive recommendations for historic preservation grants, announced the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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, said the freeholders in a press announcement.

“The 1895 [Ayres Farm] Tenant House is one of 10 original structures that represent 200 years of active farming during the Ayres and Knuth family tenures. The site reflects the agricultural

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history of Denville, Morris County and New Jersey,” the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board summarized in its recommendation. “The [$289,024 construction] grant will provide for the exterior restoration of the Tenant House including restoration of the wood shingle roof, windows, doors, foundation [and] front porch.”

The review board recommended projects 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. 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.

Awards are recommended for projects that meet program evaluation criteria in categories of construction, preservation planning and creation of construction documents, said the freeholders. Criteria include historic significance, relationship of the project to community revitalization, preservation of the built or natural environment, and heritage education and tourism, they said. 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.

“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.”

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; Dover, Arthur Condict House and Richards Block; Florham Park, Little Red Schoolhouse; Hanover Township, Whippany Burying Yard; Madison Borough, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts; and Morristown, Schuyler-Hamilton House and Historic Speedwell Waterwheel.

For more information on Morris County’s historic preservation program, visit: https://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/.

Review Board Chair Nita Galate briefed the freeholders on the recommended projects. The freeholders will vote on the grant recommendations at their July 10 public meeting in Wharton. 

 

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