BOONTON, NJ — A historic building in Randolph is one of 28 structures across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said today.
The Friends Meeting House is on the list of projects the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended for funding.
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will vote next month on whether to accept the review board’s recommendations. The freeholders will dole out $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore or protect sites in 18 towns across Morris County.
The grants come from the Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
The review board recommended the freeholders allocate $198,190 to Friends Meeting House & Cemetery Association of Randolph for roof restoration at the Friends Meeting House, the county said.
“The 1758 meeting house is purported to be the oldest hand-hewn building in Morris County,” said the county. “The building is currently open to public tours and used as the association headquarters.”
The county said the grant money “will provide for restoration of the cedar shingle roof, structural repairs and archeological investigation of the site to identify buried cultural materials and to plan for future site upgrades.”
The freeholders, who were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate, will make a final decision on the recommendations at the board's Aug. 12 public meeting.
“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us preserve and better understand Morris County’s history, and it maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw.
“The many dedicated county residents who work to maintain our history, which offers lessons for the present and ensures an inheritance for our future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang. “These county grants assist their efforts to ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”