MORRISTOWN NJ - Morristown's Acorn Hall Carriage House, Willow Hall, HIstoric Speedwell Waterwheel and Schuyler Hamilton House are among the properties to receive reccomendations for historic preservation grants, announced the freeholders.  Also included in the list of grants are Morris Township's Willows at Fosterfields will also be recommended.

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 recommendations include grants ranging from $140,980 for construction of the Acorn Hall carriage house in Morristown to $11,480 to assist with the completion of contstruction work to restore the Historic Speedwell Waterwheel. It will be recommended that the Schuyler Hamilton House receive $23,140 for a preservation plan which includes site and landscape evaluation and a building systems assessment. Willow Hall is recommended to receive $46,436 on a kitchen roof resporation 

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Projects recommended for awards are located 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; Denville, Ayres Farm Tenant House; Dover, Arthur Condict House and Richards Block; Florham Park, Little Red Schoolhouse; and Hanover Township, Whippany Burying Yard.

For more information on Morris County’s historic preservation program, please visit:

The freeholders were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate. They will vote on the grant recommendations at their July 10 public meeting in Wharton. 


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