ROXBURY, NJ – Mirriam Morris, a woman who dedicated more than a decade to helping preserve historical sites in Roxbury, was presented tonight with a certificate of appreciation from the township Mayor and Council.

Morris, who moved to Raleigh, N.C. in July, served as president of the Roxbury Historic Trust from 2010 to 2018 and as chair of the Roxbury Historic Trust Grant Committee from 2004 to 2018.

“Because of your involvement and dedication, the Roxbury Historic Trust has continued to preserve Roxbury Township’s historic landmarks so that they may be enjoyed by the community at large,” says the certificate, presented to Morris by Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley at tonight’s council meeting.

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Crowley thanked Morris for making the trip back from North Carolina to receive the certificate. “I have a lot to do down there and I’m not missing any of you very much,” joked Morris, drawing laughter from the audience. “Except when I’m lonely and then I ring you up.”

She also said she doesn’t “feel very deserving” of the certificate.

In an interview, Morris said she came to Roxbury in 1979 and became interested in its history some years later after she and her husband, Robert, moved into a stone house on Emmans Road built in the mid-18th century.

After receiving the certificate, she told the town officials and audience that she enjoyed her years in Roxbury. “It’s a very, very nice town,” Morris said. “I’m very pro-Roxbury.”

Roxbury Councilman Robert DeFillippo responded, “You’re one of the reasons it is a terrific town.”

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