“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.
History is who we are and
why we are the way that we are.”
– David McCullough

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Welcome to
the Historical Society of Stillwater Township

Since its organization in 1977, the mission of the Historical Society of Stillwater Township (HSST) has been to foster and promote an interest in the Stillwater area history though education and preservation of family information, cemetery records, artifacts, sites and structures and maintain a historical and genealogical library and museum.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Munsee Lenape people.

Latest News

HSST Receives Three-Year Grant from Kenneth Woodcock

Always More to Learn

THE CASPER AND ABRAHAM SHAFER MILL COMPLEX Built in 1844 on the ruins of the 1764 grist mill, this was one of the last water-powered mills in new jersey when operations ceased in 1954. The Shafer Mill is an important early example of sustainable technology that stimulated the 19th century growth of Stillwater Township. Listed 2009 on the National Register of Historic Places. This plaque was erected in 2015 by the Historical Society of Stillwater Township.

Trace your Roots!

HSST’s genealogist has digitized a massive collection of articles documenting 2,000 families in Sussex County, including church records, obituaries, newspaper articles and a variety of published documents. The materials are organized by family surnames and are easy to search.

Voices of Stillwater

HSST has interviewed dozens of legendary individuals who have made an important mark on Stillwater history.

Floyd Monroe
Floyd Monroe

Visit Us

900 Main Street
PO Box 238
Stillwater, NJ 07875

Parking available at the Presbyterian Church across the street.

Visiting Hours:

June-October, Sundays from 2pm–4pm OR by appointment.

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The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations to HSST are tax deductible, ask your accountant or tax preparer for details