This year, Florham Park residents are encouraged to celebrate the Fourth of July by immersing themselves in history and culture.
On Monday, the Florham Park Historical Society will be opening the doors of the Little Red Schoolhouse from 1 to 3 p.m. Built 150 years ago, the schoolhouse, also known as Columbia School District No. 5 Schoolhouse, has become a staple in the Florham Park community. As the borough’s icon, it appears on the town flag, letter head, website and public works and first responder vehicles.
The Little Red Schoolhouse was the only school in Florham Park. From 1867 to 1914, the one room schoolhouse accommodated students in first through eighth grades. Then in 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Although the Little Red Schoolhouse is open to the public on the first Sunday of most months, the most popular day to visit is Independence Day. Self and volunteer-guided tours are available.
Following its original purpose, part of the museum is set up as a one-room schoolhouse, which sometimes offers small classes for students and Scouts. The museum also displays the borough’s historical development by featuring artifacts such as broom-making equipment, old maps, agricultural tools and kitchen supplies. Visitors may even get the chance to ring the school’s bell. All of the items collected by the Historical Society are from the 1800s and 1900s.
Any questions can be directed to the Florham Park Historical Society’s President, Richard Davidson, at 973-377-3717.