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Boonton Historical Society

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1959 by a group of business people and others who were interested in preserving and promoting Boonton's history, which dates to the mid-1700's. The original village of Boonton now lies under the Jersey City Reservoir. Today's Boonton began in about 1829 as a result of the construction of the Morris Canal and the development of the New Jersey Iron Company. 

The Society's extensive collection of Boonton historical material is housed in the landmark John Taylor Building at 210 Main Street. This house, which combines elements of Colonial Revival and Victorian Gothic styles, was built in 1897-8 for use as a residence and office for Dr. John L. Taylor. His wife Adelaide had received the land as a gift from her father, the Hon. John L. Kanouse.
BHS
The John Taylor Building
210 Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005
(free parking in the rear)

Phone: 973 402-8840
Hours: Sundays 1PM - 4PM or by appointment 



Gift Shop

Visit our new gift shop annex located on the lower level of the museum for great bargains!

The Museum Gift Shop at the John Taylor Building is open during regular museum hours and by appointment, and carries Boonton-related books, maps, magnets, Boontonware, T-shirts, sweatshirts, prints, postcards, greeting cards - and much more! 
Also available: many books, including - Boonton was an Irontown by Peter C. Wendt, Jr.(2002).
Gift Shop orders can be placed with Tammie Holloway at tammie_eric@verizon.net.


Exhibits

Celebrating Boonton, NJ: 150 Years 
Highlights of the 1967 Boonton Centennial 


Come and reminisce the pageantry that took place during one eventful week in 1967. 

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum’s new exhibit will highlight the Boonton Centennial Program of Events including the parades, dances, exhibits, fun and frivolity. On display with be photos, video clips / slide show, paraphernalia, costumes & dresses related to this centennial celebration. 

The “Centennial Quilt”, created from fabric patches of some of the costume dresses worn by the Sisters of the Swish at the centennial events, will take center stage. 

This sesquicentennial exhibit opens March 5, 2017 and will run through February 2018. 

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum is open Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 and is located at the John Taylor Building, 210 Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005.




IMAGES of America

Arcadia Publishing

Just in time for Boonton’s Sesquicentennial! A new book about our wonderful and historic town compiled by our trustees. An excellent idea for an any occasion gift or for your own enjoyment.



Free Admission ... Always!



MISSION STATEMENT:

The Boonton Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1959, located in the town of Boonton, New Jersey.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve and protect the town of Boonton's unique cultural, architectural and industrial history;
  2. Preserve and share the area's rich history, folklore, arts and humanities of the past and present;
  3. Encourage preservation and restoration of historic landmarks in the town;
  4. Protect and display the museum's collections; and
  5. Provide educational programs, guided historical tours and exhibitions to a diverse population.

2017 Walking Tours

APRIL 23rd - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Ironworks Historic Site - Joe Macasek

JUNE 11th - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Historic Residential District

JULY 16th - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Historic Main Street - Lloyd Charlton

Tours will take place rain or shine.
Tours are free of charge to Boonton Historical Society members, 
$5 suggested donation for non-members.

2017 Calendar of Events

Printable Schedule (click)


APRIL 23rd - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Ironworks Historic Site - Joe Macasek

MAY 21st - Sunday 4:30 PM Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
At the Miller-Kinglsland House

JUNE 11th - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Historic Residential District

JULY 14th, 15th, 16th Noon to 4 PM Christmas in July Sale
JULY 16th - Sunday 1:30 PM Walking Tour
Historic Main Street - Lloyd Charlton

SEPTEMBER 24th - Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM Boonton Day & Transportation Festival
The Museum will be open 10 AM to 5 PM

OCTOBER 7th - Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM Pathways of History
OCTOBER 8th - Sunday Noon to 4 PM Pathways of History

NOVEMBER 19th - Sunday 2 PM Annual Membership Meeting
At the Boonton Senior Center
NOVEMBER 25th - Saturday 1 PM
Boonton Christmas Parade
Members are welcome to march with us behind our banner, 
arrive at 12:45 PM

DECEMBER 3rd - Sunday 1 to 4 PM Museum Annual Holiday Open House


Boonton Womens Wears

House Tours


Boonton Fire Display



Subpages (1): Historical Society FIles