MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Museum on Taylortown Road was part of the Pathways of History tour on Sept. 21, in which historic sites in many towns in Morris County open their doors to visitors. Twenty historic sites were open on that day, spanning 300 years of history.
The Montville Museum was constructed to be a one-room schoolhouse in 1867, according to the Montville Township website. It was used as town hall starting in 1921 and later became a post office until 1961. The building stood empty for a couple of years but was reopened in 1963 to be used as a museum in time for the 300th anniversary celebration of the founding of New Jersey in 1664.
The inclusion of the museum on the tour, when usually the Doremus House on Main Road in Towaco is placed on the tour, brought more than 75 visitors to the site, interested to see Montville’s history.
Normally docents from the Montville Township Historical Society would be staffing the tour but due to friction between the society and township officials, employees from the township have been staffing the museum.
Lillian Frawley of Jefferson Township has attended most of the past seven Pathways tours and made a special point to participate this year so she could see the museum.
“I enjoyed seeing the 1886 maps of Morris County on the wall,” she told TAPinto Montville. “But my favorite item is the building itself. It’s hard to believe it’s so old.”
Beverly Sullivant of Kinnelon drives down Taylortown Road often so she was excited to see the inside of the museum she had passed by so often. She liked seeing the arrowheads but most of all she enjoyed seeing the “mother’s calling card case from 1864.”
Other sites on the tour included the L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum; the Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History, the Miller-Kingsland House, and the Dr. John Taylor House in Boonton Township; the Martin Berry House and Pompton Plains Station Museum in Pequannock; and the Old Littleton Schoolhouse in Parsippany.
The Montville Museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. except holiday weekends like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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