Museum & Cemetery
Lemonade set, 1920s
Built in 1830, the stone structure at 6 Fairview Avenue is Washington Township’s oldest extant schoolhouse. Since then, it has served as a private residence (since 1886), then, as a public library (1965), and, since 1981, as the Historical Society headquarters and museum. The newly-restored building is maintained by the Historical Society, a member organization, and is open to the public.
Once atop the building, the original school bell is now mounted on the platform on the front lawn of the museum. Inside, the museum holds a genealogy library, maps, historical records, scrapbooks, photos, books, local artifacts and farm tools, all dating from the earliest beginnings of our town. Come view our collections and our changing museum exhibits!
WE WORK WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO PROTECT OUR UNIQUE HERITAGE.
New museum hours are from 1 pm to 4 pm
Do you have family history, photos, postcards, diaries, vintage clothing, business ledgers, historical records, maps, artifacts or other memorabilia that you would like to contribute to our collection? The museum actively collects items that address our local history and we will accept your contribution as a short-term loan or as part of our permanent collection. We will gladly scan your historic photographs. Contributions are tax deductible under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue code.
Come explore the past with us through our artifacts, photos, books, maps and documents. Click on images to enlarge
Old Stone Union Church Cemetery
Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Churchyard
The old Union Church Cemetery, located next door to the museum, is one of the finest eighteenth-century burial grounds in New Jersey. The cemetery contains 281 known grave markers, many carved in German, dating from 1766 to 1869. Included are the graves of six known Revolutionary War Veterans. Cemetery tours are conducted on Pathways Weekend, the first weekend in May.