The Historical Society of Andover Borough

The Historical Society of Andover Borough The Historical Society of Andover Borough was established to protect, preserve, and present the heritage of the Andover area for education and enjoyment.
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The Andover Museum is open the Third Sunday of the month, March through December from 1-4 PM and by appointment. The society is looking for local historical artifacts to be included in the collection at the museum. Volunteers are also needed as museum guides. Mailing Address: 17 Tranquility Rd. Andover, NJ 07821

01/01/2019
New Jersey Herald
12/24/2018
New Jersey Herald

New Jersey Herald

The story of the Ohberg Mastadon, also called "Matilda," is among the stories recounted in a new report from the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey about the fossils of mastodons found in the state.

New Jersey Herald
12/24/2018
New Jersey Herald

New Jersey Herald

The area known as the hamlet of Springdale is located about three miles south of Newton on U.S. Highway 206, at the intersection with the Springdale-Greendell Road (County Route 611) and Stickles Pond Road. Springdale was one of only a few hamlets that were scattered throughout what is today Andover Township.

The first turnpike in New Jersey was the Morris Turnpike, chartered by the State Legislature on March 9, 1801. Poor road conditions made it very difficult to travel, especially with heavily loaded wagons. The development of privately owned and operated roadways provided for roads that were designed and constructed to accommodate both private and commercial traffic without falling rapidly into disrepair.

New Jersey Herald
12/17/2018
New Jersey Herald

New Jersey Herald

In December 1776, on orders of Gen. George Washington, troops were gathering together, with many of those troops marching through Sussex County in order to reach their destination. Washington kept his plans a complete secret, but his goal was to attack Trenton before the end of the year as many of his troop enlistments would expire, leaving him with a greatly reduced army.

If all goes as planned a re-enactment of the crossing of the Delaware is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at the Washington Crossing Parks, located on both the Pennsylvania and the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. A vehicular bridge and a pedestrian walkway connect the two parks.

Merry Christmas to all from the Historical Society.
12/16/2018

Merry Christmas to all from the Historical Society.

Old Byram
12/09/2018

Old Byram

Photos documenting what looks to be a bad accident at the Brighton Ave RR Crossing in Andover Borough in 1926. I was unable to find an accompanying article on the accident so the details are unknown.

Photo credit: William B. Barry Jr. photographer for the Lackawanna RR, Steamtown NHS Collection, Digital upload by Patrick McKnight, archivist for the NPS.

Old Byram
12/09/2018

Old Byram

Some views looking up and down Brighton Ave in Andover, 1926 near the crossing of the Sussex Branch of the Lackawanna RR. These photos were again taken by William B. Barry Jr. they are in the Steamtown NHS Archives collection.

12/07/2018
NJ.com

NJ.com

The Flexible Flyer sled was invented right here in New Jersey. Do you remember your first sled?

Andover Borough, NJ
12/05/2018

Andover Borough, NJ

ANDOVER BOROUGH NEEDS YOUR HELP! Someone is consistently dumping household garbage in the park garbage containers. This is a photo taken yesterday, less then 15 hours from when they were completely emptied the day before. This isn't the first time its been done, but lately it seems the containers have become someones way of removing garbage from their house. We haven't found any identifying information within the garbage yet but we are looking and when we find the culprit a hefty fine will be requested from the court. Please help us stop this and call the municipal office (973-786-6688) if you have any tips.

NJ.com
12/01/2018

NJ.com

BREAKING: Age-old Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll debate settled by vintage photo from Asbury Park. You're welcome, Jersey. 😇

History All Day
11/28/2018
History All Day

History All Day

A researcher at the site said, "I remember when we got the dates back, and we just sat back and said 'Holy moly, this is old.'"

11/23/2018
HistoryBites

HistoryBites

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade first started in 1924, when Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan, to showcase the opening of the “World’s Largest Store”. With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy's declared it would become an annual event.

Here is a rare film of Macy's Thanksgiving Parade from 1930.

For powerful stories from any time like @hHistoryBites

We hope you all have a very merry and happy Thanksgiving!!!
11/22/2018

We hope you all have a very merry and happy Thanksgiving!!!

11/16/2018

This Sunday is the last Open House of the Museum for this year! We will reopen in April 2019.

Hope to see you this Sunday from 1pm-4pm at the Museum!

Fairy Tale Forest
11/09/2018

Fairy Tale Forest

Suburban Trends Nov. 4th 2018 paper

The Old Farmers Almanac
11/06/2018
The Old Farmers Almanac

The Old Farmers Almanac

In colonial America, it was popular to bake an Election Day Cake! Unlike today, Election Day was treated like a national holiday—or, perhaps we should say a national party. The food and booze flowed. Colonial women baked these yeast cakes for out-town-guests. Our Election Cake represents a connection to our shared history through food. Read more & see the cake recipe . . .

Hackettstown Through The Years.
10/14/2018

Hackettstown Through The Years.

An old print card describing the discovery of Mastodon remains in Hackettstown NJ.Mastodon remains have been found at two places in Hackettstown and several other places in Warren County NJ.Note the spelling of Hacket's town on this image.

We’ve had a lot of inquiries lately for information about the old Grist Mill Playhouse, so we decided to make that our...
08/02/2018

We’ve had a lot of inquiries lately for information about the old Grist Mill Playhouse, so we decided to make that our theme this year for the town display! Come by the Sussex County Fair and check out our display in person! The fair opens tomorrow!

07/26/2018
Daily Mail

Daily Mail

This will make you feel so old! 😂☎️

07/21/2018
Chasing News

Chasing News

A TINY SLICE OF HISTORIC NJ

Deep in the woods and mountains of northwest New Jersey, up a long dirt road from the scenic Buttermilk Falls, sits the state's third-smallest municipality.

Walpack Township NJ boasts a population of 15, a small town permanently shrunk to a tiny size 50 years ago after the Army Corps of Engineers displaced residents for a dam that was never built.

"We don't have a police department, a fire department, a road department. We don't have anything like that," said Jim Heigis, the owner of the Walpack Inn who is also one of three members of the township committee. "But that's OK. We really don't need it."

Heigis' inn could see over 1,000 patrons come in and out on a busy weekend, enjoying food, drinks and the comfort of seating areas featuring hand-carved coffee tables.

But the abandoned buildings in Walpack Center, which serves as the township's downtown, have earned Walpack the nickname "the town that time forgot."

06/19/2018
The Historical Society of Andover Borough

The Historical Society of Andover Borough

Had such a great turn out to the museum on Sunday! Thanks to all the dads who came out on their special day and everyone else too!

Hope to see you all again on Sunday, July 15 from 1pm-4pm!

06/19/2018

Had such a great turn out to the museum on Sunday! Thanks to all the dads who came out on their special day and everyone else too!

Hope to see you all again on Sunday, July 15 from 1pm-4pm!

06/17/2018

Looking for something fun to do with Dad today???
Bring him down to the Andover museum! We are open until 4pm!

05/15/2018

The museum will be closed this Sunday due to a family party, BUT we will have a special opening on Sunday, May 27 from 1-4pm! See you there!

One of our own Andover Borough kids!
04/16/2018
New Jersey Herald

One of our own Andover Borough kids!

Three technology program students at Newton High School are responsible for helping to document the historic Tully House at 79 Main St. in Newton.

The last few months, Cole Babiak, of Green Township; Sam Brothman, of Andover Borough; and Kevin Conway, of Newton, have been measuring and preparing floor plans of the house. All three of these seniors work with Brian Bennington, teacher of the Advanced Design class.

Old Byram
02/21/2018

Old Byram

I know I vowed not to use Google Street View Images for the Then and Now Series but I’m going to ask for a pass given the location on this one.
Andover Borough looking up High Street from 206 a Recent Google Street View and the original photo; a 1923/24 view taken by William B. Barry Jr., a Steamtown NHS Image.

Old Byram
02/14/2018

Old Byram

Here’s an interesting shot, dated 10/17/1918 from one of the front yards of a Railroad Ave Residence in Andover Borough looking at the old Church. the Sussex Branch runs mid frame in a cut to the left parallel to the road. I like the look of this photo, the lighting and the fence give it a different feel.
Not sure what the purpose of these photos at this location were because Watson Bunnell wasn’t just a freelance photographer, he was sent on assignment by the railroad to photograph certain areas for a reason (accidents, safety issues, construction, architecture etc)

Photo credit: Watson B. Bunnell photographer for the Lackawanna Railroad, Glass plate Negative, Steamtown NHS Archives Collection; originally uploaded and digitized by Patrick McKnight, Historian/Archivist for the NPS.

Old Byram
02/11/2018

Old Byram

Inside the Saddle Bar, (Camp Nordland) present day Hillside Park Andover Township. It is virtually unchanged Courtesy Henry A. Jewell

Old Byram
02/08/2018

Old Byram

View from Railroad Avenue Andover Borough looking down the alley way toward present day 206. Made in the Shade is on the right. Sussex Branch running in the middle. 10/17/1918

Photo credit: Watson B. Bunnell photographer for the Lackawanna Railroad, Glass plate Negative, Steamtown NHS Archives Collection; originally uploaded and digitized by Patrick McKnight Historian/Archivist for the NPS.

Old Byram
02/07/2018

Old Byram

This photo was taken in Andover Borough on the Sussex Branch facing south (RR timetable east). The road running parallel on the left is Route 206 and the intersecting road is High Street. Here you can see there are almost no trees and the view of the Pequest Fill of the Cutoff is quite impressive. Today this fill is completely obscured by trees but in these photos, shortly after construction, the enormity of the fill can really be appreciated.

These photos are extremely rare and Pat McKnight has done an amazing job bringing these to life.

Photo Credit: Watson B. Bunnell, Photographer for the Lackawanna Railroad, Steamtown NHS Archives Collection, Originally uploaded and digitized by Patrick McKnight Historian/Archivist for the NPS.

Old Byram
02/07/2018

Old Byram

Another Andover Borough shot, again at the intersection of 206 and High Street looking North. High street is to the immediate left, the Sussex Branch is running to the left of the stack of ties.

Photo credit: Watson B. Bunnell photographer for the Lackawanna Railroad, Glass plate Negative Steamtown NHS Archives collection, originally uploaded and digitized by Patrick McKnight, Archivist/Historian for the NPS.

Great pic! Haven’t seen this one before!!!
02/07/2018

Great pic! Haven’t seen this one before!!!

Within the treasure trove of Andover Borough photos from Watson Bunnell, I located several more taken from the intersection of present day 206 and High Street vicinity.

Here is one, unknown date but it can be dated to post 1911 because the Lackawanna Cutoff has been completed as seen in other photos in this series. This photo taken from 206 looking northwest at the intersection of High Street and the Grade crossing of the Sussex Branch.

Photo Credit: Watson B. Bunnell, Photographer for the Lackawanna Railroad, Steamtown NHS Archives Collection; Originally uploaded and digitized by Patrick McKnight, Historian and Archivist for the NPS.

The History Girl
01/12/2018
The History Girl

The History Girl

In the news: "It's official, Basking Ridge's [#NewJersey] historic oak tree was found to be 619 years old. Frank Pollaro and his team examined one cross section that was solid throughout and used magnifying lenses to count the rings of the tree several times. The result is the tree began its life in 1398, according to Jon Klippel, a Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church elder and co-chair on the oak tree task force." Thanks to Erik for sending this to us! Read more about the tree and the remaining wood here: https://patch.com/new-jersey/baskingridge/basking-ridge-oak-tree-was-619-years-old #njhistory #SpreadTheHistory

12/02/2017
Newton tops Lakeland for 1st title in 99-year history

Way to go Newton!! Definitely some historical news!

For the first time in its 99-year history, Newton can call itself a state champion. The fourth-seeded Braves also capped the first undefeated season in program history by downing second-seeded Lake...

Come to the fair and vote for us!!! We're number 49 for the People's Choice Award!
08/04/2017

Come to the fair and vote for us!!! We're number 49 for the People's Choice Award!

Metrotrails
07/17/2017

Metrotrails

Historic image of a locomotive on the Sussex Branch of the Lackawanna Railroad passing by Cranberry Lake, New Jersey. Today, the rail bed is the route of Sussex Branch Trail.

06/18/2017

In lieu of Fathers Day today the museum will NOT be open.
We will see you all next month! The 4th Sunday of the month from 1pm-4pm ☺️

05/19/2017

The museum will be open THIS SUNDAY (May 20th) from 1pm-4pm! We have air conditioning AND the president of the society's new puppy will be there too!!!

New Jersey Herald
04/23/2017
New Jersey Herald

New Jersey Herald

A recent press release announced that the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for the 13-county northern New Jersey region) has taken an interest in the Morris Canal and has created a group of about 50 people consisting of local officials, environmentalists and historians, among others, to assess its potential.

04/05/2017

Our museum is opening for 2017 season!!!
Starting Sunday, April 16th and running the third Sunday of each month!
Come on down and see us. 😊😊

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137 Main St
Andover, NJ
07821

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(973) 903-1412

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