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Boonton Historical Society

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1959 by a group of business people and others who were interested in preserving and promoting Boonton's history, which dates to the mid-1700's. The original village of Boonton now lies under the Jersey City Reservoir. Today's Boonton began in about 1829 as a result of the construction of the Morris Canal and the development of the New Jersey Iron Company. 

The Society's extensive collection of Boonton historical material is housed in the landmark John Taylor Building at 210 Main Street. This house, which combines elements of Colonial Revival and Victorian Gothic styles, was built in 1897-8 for use as a residence and office for Dr. John L. Taylor. His wife Adelaide had received the land as a gift from her father, the Hon. John L. Kanouse.
BHS
Where: in the John Taylor Building,
210 Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005
(free parking in the rear)


Phone: 973 402-8840
Hours: Sundays 1PM - 4PM or by appointment 


Gift Shop

Visit our new gift shop annex located on the lower level of the museum for great bargains!

The Museum Gift Shop at the John Taylor Building is open during regular museum hours and by appointment, and carries Boonton-related books, maps, magnets, Boontonware, T-shirts, sweatshirts, prints, postcards, greeting cards - and much more! 
Also available: many books, including - Boonton was an Irontown by Peter C. Wendt, Jr.(2002).
Gift Shop orders can be placed with Tammie Holloway at tammie_eric@verizon.net.


Exhibits

Permanent - "Boonton: the Early Years"
The permanent exhibit of the history of Boonton from 1741 to 1903, chronicled in a timeline, photographs, text and artifacts.


Newsletters

Monthly News Bulletin:  December 2014

Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2013 Gem of the Mountains

Past Historical society newsletters and bulletins


MISSION STATEMENT:

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1959, located in the town of Boonton, New Jersey.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve and protect the town of Boonton's unique cultural, architectural and industrial history;
  2. Preserve and share the area's rich history, folklore, arts and humanities of the past and present;
  3. Encourage preservation and restoration of historic landmarks in the town;
  4. Protect and display the museum's collections; and
  5. Provide educational programs, guided historical tours and exhibitions to a diverse population.

2014 Walking Tours

Printable Schedule (click)


SATURDAY, APRIL 19
The Ironworks Historic Site - Joe Macasek
Meet at the Post Office on Main Street

SATURDAY, May 17
The Park Residential District - Gail Yorkston
Meet at the Gazebo in Grace Lord Park

SATURDAY, June 14
The Historic Residential District - Harold Johnson
Meet at the Post Office on Main Street

SATURDAY, July 19
Historic Main Street - Lloyd Charlton
Meet at Canalside Park overlook (Main & W. Main)

SATURDAY, August 16
The Historic Residential District - Harold Johnson
Meet at the Post Office on Main Street

SATURDAY, September 20
The Park Residential District - Gail Yorkston
Meet at the Gazebo in Grace Lord Park

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, October 11 & 12
Historic Main Street - Lloyd Charlton
Meet at Canalside Park overlook (Main & W. Main)

All walks start at 10AM sharp and are on Saturdays. Parking for Post Office walks should be off Main St as most walks extend past the two  hour parking limit

Also Of note THE  MUSEUM IS OPEN ON ALL OF THE WALKING TOUR DATES AS WELL AS THE GIFT SHOP!

Coupons for 15%  off local  merchants and eateries will also  be given out to  all participants .

There will be a $5 donation for all non members


Boonton Womens Wears

House Tours


Boonton Fire Display



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