June 2010

Based on the previous year of documenation work by Clarke Caton Hintz, Long Hill Township was awarded a grant for $162,712. for exterior restoration construction by the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. As soon as legal agreements with Morris County are concluded, Long Hill Township can begin the bidding process in order to hire contractors for the construction work. It is hoped that physical work of the restoration of the building can begin during 2011.

January 2010

Historic Preservation Contractor Clarke Caton Hintz has nearly completed its Historic Sites Report (HSR) and Preservation Plan (PP). They are also preparing a nomination for the building to be listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. (It already has been pre-qualified to be on the registers with a Certificate of Eligibility) Read a draft of the reports at this link.

May 2009

Long Hill has been approved for a second grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. The grant administrators in Trenton and in Morristown are attempting to reconcile the overlapping scopes of the two grants. The new historic preservation contractor has begun site survey work on the schoolhouse.

March 2009

The change in the historic architect/consultant requested by the Long Hill Historic Preservation Advisory Committee has been approved by Morris County. Reconciliation of differences between the contract offered by Long Hill and the scope of work in the Morris County grant still need to be resolved.

December 2008

The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is in the process of changing the historic architect/consultant originally approved by Morris County. The new proposed firm is currently under review by the Morris County grant program staff and its independent outside reviewer. 75% of the 2008 grant work must be completed by January 7, 2009 in order for Long Hill to be eligible for another grant in 2009.

September 2008

The Township Committee accepted the grant offer from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. However, the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee is seeking to change the terms under which the grant was offered. This will delay the commencement of the work the grant is to fund which will make the possibility of a second grant in 2009 less likely.

June-July 2008

The grant application for the first phase of restoration funding has been approved by the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The county grant program is waiting for acceptance by the Township Committee before the grant deadline expires in September.

May 2008

A Certificate of Eligibilty for the National and State Registers of Historic Places has been issued by the NJ State Historic Preservation Office.

March-April 2008

A grant application for restoration funding has been made to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund. A filing has also been made with the NJ State Historic Preservation Office for preliminary registration on the State and National Register of Historic Places.


Nov. 2006

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1908 photo of Long Hill Road
Long Hill Road, Millington looking east from Basking Ridge Road - 1908
click on the photo to see a larger version (postcard photo courtesy of Dale Monetti)

Next meeting program: Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
Special Outing Location: Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany (across from the intersection of Route 10 and Whippany Rd.)

Members and guests of the Long Hill Township Historical Society will enjoy a free behind the scenes tour of NJ’s largest collection of historic railroad passenger cars, locomotives, cabooses, anthracite coal memorabilia and equipment, and a small collection of old farm tractors. 

The tour will include climbing aboard a huge old steam locomotive and sitting in the engineers seat, relaxing inside a magnificently restored parlor car that once carried millionaires to and from work on the Central RR of NJ between Red Bank and Jersey City, also experience life working in an old (restored) railroad caboose with its coal fired pot belly stove, seeing a variety of early 1900’s railroad equipment including a 1920s era bus with railroad wheels that ran between Morristown and Whippany for many years, as well as small steam and diesel locomotives, etc..

Additionally, those on the tour will visit the museum that specializes in preserving and displaying rare and interesting items from New Jersey’s railroads, including the railroad that served residents of Long Hill Twp. for well over 100 years.  In addition to railroad items a section of the museum specializes in steamboats of our region, has a model railroad layout, and has a small gift shop.

Other unusual items at the museum include an early 1900s elevated wooden water tank to fill steam locomotives with water and their newest acquisition, a 1906 trolley car built in Elizabeth NJ by the John Stephenson Co.  The trolley display track has just been completed on and the trolley may or may not be placed on it by June 11.  Other historic items on display range from old NJ highway signs to a 1950s Civil Defense siren that was just installed (it works).

This tour will take place rain or shine.  The tour guide will be Stirling’s railroad historian and former railroad official Frank Reilly along with museum officials.  There is no charge for this outing.  Please consider carpooling with your fellow Historical Society friends.

Meetings are held at the Long Hill Township First Aid Squad building, 949 Valley Road, Gillette, between the Town Hall/Library complex and the Valley Mall; park behind the First Aid Squad building away from the building, or in the Town Hall parking lot.

Unless otherwise announced, meetings and presentations start at 7:30 pm. Meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, comments or questions email to Beg51@aol.com or call 908-647-1523.

Historical Society members: 2017 membership dues of $15 will be collected at this meeting. Donations are always appreciated.

logo of the Historical Society   
The Long Hill Township Historical Society was established in 1965 as the Passaic Township Historical Society.  The formation of the society evolved from the Passaic Township Tercentenary Committee. Every municipality throughout the state was asked to chronicle the State of New Jersey's tercentennial in some manner. 

The Township Committee appointed the Passaic Township Tercentenary Committee to lead the project in our township.  One result was the publication of "Passaic Township, A Short History Published in Connection with the New Jersey Tercentennial 1664-1964".

Members of this committee were responsible for establishing the Passaic Township Historical Society in 1965.  The first officers were Ms. Gwendolyn Thomas, president; Mr. Reinhart Rist, vice president; Ms. Esther Cornish, secretary; and Mr. Jean Cornish, treasurer.

The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of the community.  The current officers and meeting schedule are listed at the bottom of this page.

Projects completed by the Historical Society have included:
  • Creation of an official township flag which was presented to township officials for display in the town hall;
  • Tours of historical homes in the township in 1981 and 1995;
  • Publication of "A Guide to Historic Buildings and Sites in Passaic Township"in 1984;
  • Publication of "Passaic Township, A Short History Published in Connection with the New Jersey Tercentennial 1664-1964";
  • Images of America, Long Hill Township, A Photographic History written by Mary Lou Weller, Historian of the Society, was released in 1997.  The book is available for purchase through the Historical Society.  Contact Rene Phelan.
  • Completion of the project to establish a memorial marker for the Revolutionary War Beacon at the corner of Long Hill Road and Pleasant Plains Road.
  • A donation was made to the Morris County Heritage Commission for an historical marker on Central Avenue to commemorate the Stirling Workers' District.

The Historical Society provides expertise and documentation to the Long Hill Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commttee, an appointed branch of the local goverenment which reports to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Township Committee, or any division of local government which requires historic preservation input.

The Society has a number of maps, books, photographs, audio tapes, and artifacts, many of which are currently housed in the Long Hill Library for preview by interested community members. A list of the holdings is on file at the Library.  The room at the Library is open to the public most Wednesdays from 1 to 3 pm or by appointment. The collection includes the following:
  • 50 historical maps of Long Hill Township
  • Two albums of photographs of houses, residents, and local topics
  • Books and tapes of remembrances of life in Long Hill Township during the early to mid 1900's
  • Family information and histories.
Barbara Grillo, President, 908-647-1523
Larry Fast, Vice-President 908-647-3007
Kathy Pfeil, Treasurer 908-350-8012
Guy Roshto, Secretary
Claire Monroe
Phyllis Fast
Kelly Roshto
Meetings: 2nd Thursdays at 7:30 at the Long Hill First Aid Squad Building, except for January, July and August
Life Membership - one time payment $150
Household (family or individual) - per year $15
Send dues payable to:
Long Hill Twp.Historical Society.
Kathy Pfeil, Treasurer
123 Cross Hill Road.
Millington, NJ 07946

In Memoriam

Passaic Township/Long Hill Township Historical Society member, officer, trustee
Rene' Phelan 1926-2017

Passaic Township/Long Hill Township Historical Society President
Bill Watts 1923-2016

Passaic Township/Long Hill Township Historical Society member, officer, trustee
Rose Watts 1923-2011

Lo Long Hill Township Historian
Passaic Township/Long Hill Township Historical Society member
Mary Lou Weller 1935-2010

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