The King Store & King House were located at the red arrow.
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.
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 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 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.
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!
Proud to be a participant in Pathways this weekend. Please make us one of your stops!
History is alive in Roxbury Township, designated in 1740 as one of the four first townships in Morris County.
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.
Do you have an idea of what you’d like to see at the museums? Let us know!
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.
playing Saint Anne's Reel and Morpeth's Rant
Don’t forget about the ice cream social tomorrow,
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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.
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 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.
Victorian Girls Room Exhibit Museum in the Ledgewood New Jersey Historic Park, Drakesville, Roxbury Township NJ
Thank you to Marty Kane from The Lake Hopatcong Foundation.
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Fantastic talk today by Marty Kane from The Lake Hopatcong Foundation.
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.
We are now on Instagram! Follow us @museumsatdrakesville. Please follow & share!
Come join us on Sunday, June 9 1:00-4:00pm
Please check our Events tab to see the
2019 season openings
Our next opening will be
June 9 1:00-4:00pm
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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 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.
Come join us at our first opening of the 2019 season!
Sunday, April 14
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.
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...
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!
Did they skate on the Morris Canal? Probably.
Holland in the winter of 1917. The video is restored at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
Do you have photos of early Ledgewood or the surrounding areas? Please feel free to share!
Fascinating video about the Morris Canal.
Learn about the fascinating history of the Morris Canal. Read the full story by reporter James M. O'Neill: https://njersy.co/2Bdq4i5
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!
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
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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