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Boonton Historical Society

he 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.
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


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.

Boonton & the Electronics Industry 

Our new changing exhibit features the numerous electronics companies that existed in Boonton during the infancy of electronics. Aircraft instrumentation, electronic testing instruments, and radios will be on display. Learn more about Boonton’s significant contributions to the electronics industry by visiting us at the historic Dr. John Taylor House in Boonton NJ. 

Sunday, February 28th, Noon to 4 PM 
210 Main Street, Boonton NJ 
Phone: (973) 402-8840 

Member's Preview from Noon to 1 PM - Refreshments will be served! 
Free Admission ... Always!


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.

2016 Walking Tours

Printable Schedule (click)

June 12 - 1:30PM - Walking Tour - Historic Residential District

July 17 - 1:30PM - Walking Tour - Historic Main Street

Tours will take place rain or shine.

Tours are free of charge to Boonton Historical Society members, $5 suggested donation for non-members.

2016 Calendar of Events

Printable Schedule (click)

July 15, 16, 17 - 12PM-4PM - Christmas in July

August 28 - New Exhibit Opening
Member’s Preview 12PM to 1PM

September 25 - 10AM-5PM - Boonton Day & Transportation Festival
The Museum will be open 10 AM to 5 PM

October 8-9 - 10AM-4PM & 12PM-4PM - Pathways of History

November 16 - 7PM - Annual Membership Meeting 
at the Boonton Senior Center

November 26 - 1PM - Boonton Christmas Parade
Members are welcome to march with us behind our banner, arrive at 12:45 PM

December 4 - 1PM-4PM - Museum Annual Holiday Open House

Boonton Womens Wears

House Tours

Boonton Fire Display

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