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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

photo by Bill Lambert, photo manipulation by James Kaval

Click here for a map and directions to the Museum in Stillwater, NJ

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.


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.

Community Events

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 is a fun community event enjoyed by everyone. Dedicated members serve locally-grown fresh fruit desserts, entertain with music and provide tractor-drawn hay rides though the Village of Stillwater. The Society also provides educational guest speakers throughout the year. In October our Fall Festival is our biggest event. Pony and hay rides, games, music, food and vendors make for a wonderful family experience!


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.

Mission Statement

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.

Regular Meetings

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township meets at the Museum on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:00am. Please check the Society Calendar for more details.

501(c)(3) organization

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. View our IRS DETERMINATION LETTER.

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Membership to Historical Society of Stillwater

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.