Since its organization in 1977 the mission of the Society has been to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater New Jersey area history by maintaining a museum and reference library of historic artifacts and genealogical records of area families and support preservation efforts of historic structures, sites and events.
The Stillwater Historical Museum
(open Sundays 2-4pm during June, July and August and group tours by appointment)
photo by Bill Lambert, photo manipulation by James Kaval
Through the generous foresight and planning of Mr. Amos F. Dixon and his wife Mary W. Dixon, the museum associated with the Historical Society of Stillwater Township has been located within the Neighborhood House on Main Street in Stillwater since 1954. Originally a one-room schoolhouse from 1842 to 1909 and the home of Mary W. Dixon Library, within the building are interpretive displays of a restored schoolroom and a general store with a post office. A collection of artifacts depicting the early life of the village and surrounding area is on display as well as a costume collection, mineral collection, Native American artifacts and military items dating back to the Revolutionary War. Genealogical records, photographs and newspaper clippings of historic significance to the area and its families are part of the reference library.
photo by James Kaval
Museum Visiting Hours Sundays 2-4pm June - July - August
Along with the continued preservation of the Museum and its artifacts, the Society has supported the concept of an historic district in Stillwater and recently assisted in the State and National Historic Registry designation of the "Casper and Abraham Shafer Grist Mill Complex" in Stillwater village. The Society also assisted with the preservation of Keen's Mill in the Swartswood Lake area and maintains the VanHorn family burial plot. We support all efforts to preserve these and other important historic structures and to make them available for public enjoyment and educational purposes.
To support the Museum as well as ongoing projects, the Society relies on membership dues and holds several community oriented fund- raising events throughout the year. The Strawberry Festival in June and the Peach Festival in August are fun community events enjoyed by everyone. Dedicated members serve locally-grown fresh fruit desserts, entertain with music and costume and provide horse-drawn carriage rides though the Village of Stillwater. The Society also conducts educational walking tours of the Village of Stillwater. In December we host our Christmas Open House at the Museum. The children always enjoy their visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Museum collection has grown and flourished throughout the years because of generous donations by the Stillwater community. The Society is always seeking locally-relevant genealogical and physical artifacts that can enhance this important collection. Dedicated members are working to preserve these artifacts and we are always seeking the assistance of those passionate about these preservation efforts. If you have an artifact or document that you believe would be best preserved at the Stillwater Historical Museum please contact any member of the Society for its consideration to be included in the collection.
It is the mission of the Historical Society of Stillwater Township to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater area history through education and preservation of family information, cemetary records, artifacts, sites, and structures and maintain an historical and genealogical library and museum.
The Historical Society of Stillwater Township meets at the Museum on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Please check the Society Calendar for more details.
The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. View our IRS DETERMINATION LETTER.
All residents and friends of historic preservation in the Stillwater area are invited to participate in the meetings and events and to become members. Membership dues are $10/student, $20/individual, $30/family or $300/lifetime. If you would like to become a member please contact us or join using the convenient paypal links below. You may also download our brochure here
<- One Year student membership $10.00
<- One Year individual membership $20.00
<- One Year family membership $30.00
<- Lifetime membership $300.00
Checks may also be mailed to: Historical Society of Stillwater Township 900 Main Street PO Box 238 Stillwater, New Jersey 07875
Please include your name, address, telephone number and your areas of interest.