Story Map Launched to Celebrate 20 Years of Historic Preservation – Morris County, NJ

Posted on October 26, 2022

Locate, view and access audio/visual presentations of each preserved site

Morris County Celebrates 20e Anniversary of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund by launching an online interactive story map of all historic sites found in the county, specifically offering background information, photos, videos and geographic data on all sites that have received grants county historic preservation.

“We hope this history map can make the public more aware of the many historical treasures that lie among us, and also recognize the strong support that the commissioners have shown towards historic preservation which contributes to the high quality of life here in Morris County,” said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator for the Morris County Planning and Preservation Office.

Check out the story map!

The story map was created by the Office of Planning and Preservation to celebrate the 20e Anniversary of the grant program.

The Historic Preservation Trust Fund was established by the Morris County Board of Commissioners after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on November 5, 2002, allow use of a portion of the Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for historic preservation

Morris County has now awarded 512 grants worth $45,945,925 to help preserve, protect and restore 122 historic properties since 2003 when grants were first awarded for the protection of historic sites through the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund. Sites are located in 34 towns around Morris County.

King Homestead Museum cropped.jpg “This has been an exceptionally successful and well-received program, with nearly $46 million committed to help preserve, protect and restore 122 historic properties since the first grant was awarded in 2003,” said Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Board Liaison. the Departmental Planning and Conservation Office.

“Almost anywhere you go in Morris County, you can point to a place, building, or monument that represents a specific era in American history, from when Native Americans lived here and when Europeans began to settle, through to the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Morris County has a wealth of sites and structures that embody American history, and our trust fund has helped preserve that,” a- he added.

The story map is based in part on digital mapping data provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Geographic Information System, as well asLittle-School-Red.jpg as historic property data compiled by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. A legend is provided identifying various levels of historical determinations given to different sites.

However, the story map delves deepest into historic sites in Morris County, specifically the 122 sites that have received grants through the Historic Preservation Trust Fund over the past 20 years. Using GIS mapping, visitors can easily navigate to Morris County’s 122 sites and view photos, background information and, where available, videos and audio presentations that provide insight into the significance of the sites.

Videos can be viewed on YouTube with subtitles for better accessibility.

2022 Hist_Seward House11.jpg The Historic Preservation Trust Fund considers grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation of historic resources by municipalities, qualified nonprofit organizations, and the county. Many sites have received multiple grants over the years for different stages of preservation, from planning to actual construction.

Applications are reviewed by the volunteer members of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Committee, and the committee annually recommends to the county commissioners which projects should receive grants and the amount of each grant.

The new story map introduces visitors to the 11-member review board.

Historic resources must be listed or certified as eligible for listing on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in order to be eligible for the program.


Top right: Boonton Ironworks, built in 1830, was largely responsible for the existence of the town of Boonton. The large rolling mill produced iron products which were shipped through the Morris Canal to Elizabeth and Jersey City. A 2021 grant has been approved for the completion of a preservation plan and archaeological assessment involving the remains of the old blast furnaces.

Center left: The King Store Museum, an 1825 general store and post office at Drakesville Historic Park in the Ledgewood section of Roxbury Township. The site has received 17 planning and restoration grants since the Historic Preservation Trust program began.

Center right: The Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park has received 10 grants from the fund since its inception.

Bottom left: The Seward House and 1865 farmhouse at Mount Olive were among the sites approved in 2022 for grants and are currently undergoing renovations.

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