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Thursday 30 May 2013

30/05 :  Museum Open Sundays Starting June 2nd

   Curious about the Stillwater of yesteryear?

Visit our museum this Sunday or any Sunday this summer from 2pm to 4pm. We have two floors of exhibits, plus a reference area for genealogical or historical research.

Please stop by to have a look. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn.

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Wednesday 21 November 2012

21/11 :  Santa Comes to Stillwater

   Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for a Sunday with Santa event on Sunday, November 25, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum of the Historical Society of Stillwater Township.

Visits with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, live music, homemade trifle and a bake sale will be the highlights of the event. The event is free and is open to the public.

“Santa is our focus this year,” said Carolyn Celli, who is chairing the event. “The children can enjoy Santa and learn about the museum and Stillwater’s history as well.”

The Society’s museum is located at 900 Main Street, Stillwater, NJ. For additional information, please visit the website at [link] or call Betty English at 973-903-3941.

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Thursday 09 August 2012

09/08 :  Stillwater Celebrates Peaches

   The Historical Society of Stillwater Township will hold its annual Peach Festival on Sunday, August 19, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Society’s museum on Main Street in Stillwater. Fresh peach cobbler over ice cream will be served with a beverage for $5 per serving. Visitors are invited to tour the museum and to take a horse and wagon ride with Mr. Ray Hecht. Musician Don Thoenig will provide live entertainment. Desserts will be available to take home from the festival thanks to a bake sale.

All are invited. Stillwater is a beautiful destination on a summer Sunday and the Peach Festival makes it even more special.


~The ripest peach is highest in the tree. -- James Whitcomb Riley


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Saturday 05 May 2012

05/05 :  Swartwout Massacre Recalled in Stillwater

   Historian and author Kevin Wright will present a program on the French and Indian War at the Historical Society of Stillwater Township’s museum on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Wright, a Sussex County native, will speak about the county’s experiences as a frontier community and flashpoint during the war, including the 1755 Swartwout Massacre, which occurred in Stillwater’s current-day Swartswood section.

“Sussex County was on the front lines during the French and Indian War,” said Bob Grabowsky, President of the Society. “It’s intriguing, but sobering, to learn about the dangers our founders faced.”

The program is open to the general public will be held at the Society's museum at 900 Main Street, Stillwater. Refreshments will be served after the program.



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Wednesday 30 November 2011

30/11 :  Christmas Open House

   The Historical Society will host our Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the museum. Visitors will enjoy carriage rides, live music, Santa, museum tours, homemade trifle and a bake sale.

The Christmas Open House is a well-loved annual tradition for the Society and for our guests. The museum is the perfect setting to get together with friends and neighbors to celebrate the season. Join us and see for yourself!


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Saturday 05 November 2011

05/11 :  CRATER LAKE: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

   Today’s visitor to Crater Lake, at the end of a long dirt road on the Kittatinny Ridge in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, would never guess that the lake once hosted a thriving summer vacation community, had a sister lake (Lake Success) and was the scene of outdoor M asses on the lake, officiated by Father Jack Cassidy.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township will host Ms. Priscilla Hayes for a program on Crater Lake’s past at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Society’s museum.

Ms. Hayes will make the invisible history of the lake visible again, including its several name changes, and its beginnings as the site of the Ah - Ka - Mon Inn, which offered meals and rooms year round , plus provisions and tents for those who wanted to camp at the lake. She will describe how the first homeowners won “free lot certificates,” either with purchases of furniture in far - away Jersey City or in newspaper crossword contests. Who were the members of the community around the lake, and how did they come to leave us their beautiful lands to enjoy today?

The Historical Society’s museum is located at 900 Main Street, Stillwater, NJ. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, visit [link] , or e-mail to: -email-.

Priscilla Hayes is combining her interests in the environment and history to create an environmental and social hist ory of Crater Lake, and another former resort area, the Deserted Village of Feltville, in the Watchung Reservation, Union County. She is the Director of Energy and Sustainability at Far Hills Country Day School.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c)3 non - profit organization. It is the mission of HSST to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater area history through the education and preservation of family information, local cemetery records, artifacts, sites and structures and to maintain an historical and genealogical library and museum.

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