MORRISTOWN, NJ - Acorn Hall Carriage House and the Woman’s Club of Morristown have received Historic Preservation Grants which were approved at last night's Morris County Board of Freeholders meeting.
The Freeholders unanimously approved $2.2 million in county historic preservation grants to be financed by the county’s 2018 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect historic sites in 16 towns across Morris County. In addition to Morristown, projects were approved for projects in Boonton, Denville, Florham Park, Hanover, Kinnelon, Mine Hill, Madison, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Borough, Roxbury, Washington Township, and Wharton.
Grants ranged from as little as $5,994 for construction documents for the Union School House in Washington Township to a high of $355,143 for rehabilitation of the Craftsman Farm Administration Building in Parsippany. The Woman's club of Morristown will receive $57,880 for a partial roof replacement. Acorn Hall Carriage House will receive $10,320 for construction documents.
The grant money comes from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. All 21 applications received this year received grants.
“This historic preservation grant program, which was overwhelmingly approved by county voters, helps to finance the protection our county’s heritage, and helps to ensure that we maintain important links to our past,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by these county grants helps to allows future generations to enjoy these historic sites, allows us to better understand our county’s history and our historic roots, and enhances the quality of life for all residents of Morris County, ’’ added Freeholder Christine Myers.
“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.”
Awards are recommended for projects that best meet the program’s evaluation criteria in categories of construction, preservation planning, and creation of construction documents. These criteria include the historic significance of the resource, relationship of the project to community revitalization, preservation of the built or natural environment, and heritage education and tourism. Other factors include the degree to which projects promote preservation activity, represent innovative design, reach new audiences, offer significant contributions to the advancement of historic preservation; and restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings and cultural landscapes.
Projects receiving 2018 grants include, Holmes Public Library and the Stone Arched Bridge in Boonton; Ayres Farm Tenant House in Denville; Hancock Cemetery in Florham Park; Whippany Burying Yard in Hanover Township; L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum in Kinnelon; Mead Hall in Madison; Bridget Smith House in Mine Hill and the Seward House in Mount Olive
To view the entire list, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018Grants.pdf