WTHS conferred the honor of "Honorary Membership" to
Ruth Reed and Eleanor Taormina


On Saturday, February 9, 2019, the WTHS conferred the honor of "Honorary Membership" to Ruth Reed and Eleanor Taormina at the annual meeting held at the WT Library. Ruth Reed and her late husband Murray have been members of the WTHS for many years. Ruth was always willing to help with Society projects such as the annual book sale. The Reed's home was on the Annual Historic House Tour twice. They donated the Parlor Organ which is housed in the museum and the Adam Finger high chair. Eleanor Taormina also volunteered her home twice for the Annual Historic House Tour. She served as president for three years and has served many years on the Board of Trustees. Eleanor was the driving force behind the stabilization of the Union Church Ruins and worked tirelessly from 2006 until the stabilization and renovations were completed in 2010. She is also a member of the Craft Group and has been a willing volunteer in Society activities. We wish to thank them both for their time, effort and dedication to the mission of the WTHS!

Buttonball Farm - 25 Middle Valley Road

Buttonball Farm - 25 Middle Valley Road

Once part of a larger tract owned by William Trimmer whose brother Lawrence owned a local rock quarry and peach basket factory, this vernacular Italianate house features a five over four façade with center door and rectangular windows with a pediment. The center hall construction with front and back door is a simple, symmetrical floor plan allowing for light and cross ventilation.
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Museum Closed Until Further Notice

The Historical Society Museum will be closed until further notice. The long awaited restoration work on the Union Schoolhouse (Historical Society & Washington Township Museum) has begun. Last year the Morris County Freeholder's awarded funds from the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund to be used towards exterior restoration at the circa 1830 schoolhouse, the oldest school in the township extant. The Historical Society is providing the matching funds. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Washington Township Historical Society aims to bring together people interested in the history of Washington Township, Morris County, the state of New Jersey, and promote a better appreciation of our American heritage.


We support historical programs, archives, publications, preservation, markers, and historical collections in our museum. We are a nonprofit organization that is federally recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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