The Museums at Drakesville

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Both Museums are open the second Sunday of each month (April through December) from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. They are also open Historic Preservation Day in May, the first Friday evening in December, and by appointment for group tours.

The King Store & King House were located at the red arrow.
12/24/2019

The King Store & King House were located at the red arrow.

Morris County Government
09/30/2019
Morris County Government

Morris County Government

Starting October 10: the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall opens its new exhibit, "Up in Smoke: Northern New Jersey’s Worst Man-Made Disasters: 1910-1989."

This is our new friend Micah, a very clever 3rd grader. He’s checking out the school room & discussing the differences b...
09/21/2019

This is our new friend Micah, a very clever 3rd grader. He’s checking out the school room & discussing the differences between school in the 19th & the 21st century. It was decided that buses are better than walking to class.

Were looking for a few good men & women & children to come volunteer at The Museums at Drakesville. Great opportunity fo...
09/21/2019

Were looking for a few good men & women & children to come volunteer at The Museums at Drakesville. Great opportunity for students. Extremely flexible schedule - just do what you can! Please message with your contact information.

Our ongoing project to repair & replace the stone wall which is at the rear of the store.
09/21/2019

Our ongoing project to repair & replace the stone wall which is at the rear of the store.

Slate tiles from the original roof on the store.
09/21/2019

Slate tiles from the original roof on the store.

Make sure you join us today & tomorrow as a stop on the Pathways of History Tour!
09/21/2019

Make sure you join us today & tomorrow as a stop on the Pathways of History Tour!

TAPinto Roxbury
09/21/2019

TAPinto Roxbury

09/19/2019
Dear Friend of the Museums at Drakesville Historic Park,At this Sunday's opening of the Museums at Drakesville Historic ...
08/10/2019

Dear Friend of the Museums at Drakesville Historic Park,

At this Sunday's opening of the Museums at Drakesville Historic Park, there will be a free concert featuring the Skylands Dulcimer Band. This talented group of local musicians play traditional, folk, Celtic, popular and seasonal music on a variety of folk instruments including mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers and Celtic harps. The Band has played at various NJ venues including the NJ State Fair, and Waterloo Village. On Sunday, they will be playing on the porch of the King House Museum from 1-3pm. The concert is free, as is admission to the King House and King Store Museums which will be open for tours from 1-4 pm.

Stop by the King House to see its newest exhibit, a Victorian Girl's Room with historic furnishings, toys, and games. The museum also showcases a one-room schoolhouse, circa 1900. Next door at the King Canal Store, visitors can see one of Roxbury's historic gems - a general store with much original merchandise, a local post office, and polling place. Exhibits and artifacts from the museums' extensive collections will engage visitors of all ages.

The Museums at Drakesville Historic Park are located at 209-211 Main Street in Ledgewood, New Jersey.

07/20/2019

Do you have an idea of what you’d like to see at the museums? Let us know!

07/20/2019
Skylands Dulcimer String Band

Come join us on Sunday, August 11 1:00-3:00 & see the Skylands Dulcimer String Band (weather permitting). They will be playing on the porch of the King House. The museums will be open that day 1:00-4:00pm rain or shine.

https://youtu.be/VsmDA3kira4

playing Saint Anne's Reel and Morpeth's Rant

07/14/2019
Playback

Playback

The film contained the first on-camera depiction of Santa Claus and is the first known film to employ double action. The film is almost 120 years old!

More vintage Christmas movies and the #1 Christmas movie the year you were born at https://playback.fm/christmas-movie

07/13/2019

Don’t forget about the ice cream social tomorrow,
July 14! 1-4

A Morris Canal boat & work scow sitting in the drained canal bed in Bloomfield, NJ.
06/22/2019

A Morris Canal boat & work scow sitting in the drained canal bed in Bloomfield, NJ.

The Museums at Drakesville is a proud participant of the Pathways of History Tour.
06/19/2019

The Museums at Drakesville is a proud participant of the Pathways of History Tour.

It's PATHWAYS' 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

The theme this year is a 10th anniversary celebration of the Pathways tour, participating museums/historic properties and their local histories, volunteerism, and community.

You'll have 20 venues to see! Visit as many as you'd like.

Please refer to the Pathways website for updated information (see the comments for the URL).

Thank you to TapIntoRoxbury for this wonderful article. As a correction - the room that holds the display is not the ori...
06/16/2019
The Simple Surroundings of a Victorian Era Roxbury Teen

Thank you to TapIntoRoxbury for this wonderful article. As a correction - the room that holds the display is not the original room of Emma Louise King but of her parents. The room shows a typical Victorian girl’s bedroom.

ROXBURY, NJ – Visitors to Drakesville Historic Park in Roxbury can get a glimpse at the quaint and simple bedroom of a typical teen.

06/09/2019

Thank you to Marty Kane from The Lake Hopatcong Foundation.

06/09/2019

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06/09/2019
Lake Hopatcong Foundation

Fantastic talk today by Marty Kane from The Lake Hopatcong Foundation.

https://m.facebook.com/LakeHopatcongFoundation/

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation works to protect the lake environment and enhance the lake experience by bringing together public and private resources to encourage a culture of sustainability and stewardship on and around New Jersey’s largest lake.

06/09/2019

We are now on Instagram! Follow us @museumsatdrakesville. Please follow & share!

06/09/2019

Come join us on Sunday, June 9 1:00-4:00pm

05/28/2019

Please check our Events tab to see the
2019 season openings

05/28/2019

Our next opening will be
June 9 1:00-4:00pm

The Museums at Drakesville's cover photo
05/28/2019

The Museums at Drakesville's cover photo

05/28/2019

Do you have a group that would like to visit our museums? We welcome Scout troops, home schoolers, women’s clubs, etc. We’d be happy to work with you to cater to your needs. We have a one room schoolhouse & now a new exhibit of a Victorian girl’s bedroom. We also have a general store & working wagon scale. Please message us & let us know how we can arrange a great visit.

Welcome to our new exhibit! The King House is proud to present a Victorian girl’s bedroom. Come step inside the every da...
05/28/2019

Welcome to our new exhibit! The King House is proud to present a Victorian girl’s bedroom. Come step inside the every day life of a young girl living in the late 1800s. Our tours have been expanded to the second floor so you can enjoy this exhibit. A great reason to visit us again.

A very special thank you to Trustee Brian Morrell for his hard work painting & repairing the walls & for lending these furniture pieces from his personal collection.

04/13/2019

Come join us at our first opening of the 2019 season!
Sunday, April 14
1:00-4:00pm

04/09/2019
Restoration Grant Sought for Morris Canal Marvel in Ledgewood
04/01/2019
Restoration Grant Sought for Morris Canal Marvel in Ledgewood

Restoration Grant Sought for Morris Canal Marvel in Ledgewood

ROXBURY, NJ - The township will spend up to $50,090 toward a proposed quarter-million-dollar restoration and stabilization of a piece of the former Morris Canal in Ledgewood if the bulk of the...

A well deserved honor for our own Richard Cramond.
03/11/2019
Historian Richard Cramond is Roxbury's Volunteer of the Year

A well deserved honor for our own Richard Cramond.

ROXBURY, NJ – As a young biochemist in the food industry, could Richard Cramond possibly have envisioned - when he settled in Ledgewood in 1964 with his wife Cynthia and their young children that...

02/11/2019
HistoryBites

Amusement parks are a little different now!

A rare film of Coney Island's Amusement Park almost a century ago, from the early 1920s.

Kitchens over time. We certainly have it easier in the 21st century!
02/01/2019

Kitchens over time. We certainly have it easier in the 21st century!

01/24/2019
Vintage Everyday

Did they skate on the Morris Canal? Probably.

Holland in the winter of 1917. The video is restored at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.

01/06/2019

Do you have photos of early Ledgewood or the surrounding areas? Please feel free to share!

01/06/2019
12/09/2018
George Takei

Imagine having to dress like this every day!

Victorian era wears seem complicated not just to craft but to put on as well. Impressive craftsmanship Prior Attire.

Father Christmas is coming to the King House on Dec. 7th 6-9pm!
11/29/2018

Father Christmas is coming to the King House on Dec. 7th 6-9pm!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY VISITORS AT THE MUSEUMS IN DRAKESVILLE PARKSeveral special visitors will attend the Friday evening, Dece...
11/29/2018

SPECIAL HOLIDAY VISITORS AT THE MUSEUMS IN DRAKESVILLE PARK
Several special visitors will attend the Friday evening, December 7th opening of the Museums at Drakesville Historic Park, 209-211 Main Street, Ledgewood, New Jersey 07852. The museums will be open from 6-9 pm, and admission is free.
Father Christmas, in a splendid Victorian costume, will pay a visit to the King House Museum. Guests and their families will have the opportunity to take pictures with him in the King Family parlor, one of the rooms in the circa 1878 vernacular Queen Anne house, which will of course, be decorated for the Holidays in a manner authentic to the period.
Father Christmas is the traditional English name for the personification of Christmas. Originating in the Middle Ages, Father Christmas was a legendary Yuletide visitor who saw a resurgence in popularity during the Victorian era. A postcard of the time describes him as “a benevolent older gentleman with a flowing white beard, wearing a red-sleeved gown trimmed with white fur and carrying a sack of Christmas presents.”
Also on Friday evening, visitors to the museums will hear carolers from St Therese School and the Talent Show of Hope. Next door to the King House Museums, the Silas Riggs Saltbox House will host a “Saltbox Christmas” with a Soup Supper, a long-time tradition in Roxbury. Luminaries will light the way along the paths to the three museums.
The second Holiday opening for the museums will be on Sunday, December 9th from 1-4 pm. Tours of the museums will be available, and the King House gift shop will be open. The gift shop sells small historically-themed items, books about local history, and coupon books for Cliff’s Ice Cream, a well-known local attraction.
For more information about these events, please go to: http://roxburynewjersey.com/trust.htm, or on Facebook, “Museums at Drakesville.”

Officials Welcome Roxbury's New Riggs Canal Park
09/18/2018
Officials Welcome Roxbury's New Riggs Canal Park

Officials Welcome Roxbury's New Riggs Canal Park

ROXBURY, NJ – The township and The Canal Society of New Jersey on Sunday unveiled a small, but historically important, new park in the heart of Roxbury.

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Ledgewood, NJ
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