Randolph Museum

Randolph Museum The Randolph Museum seeks to preserve the unique heritage of Randolph Township through exhibits, events, and artifacts. Open Sundays from 1:00-4:00 PM from April to Late October. To seek a winter tour, please email or call us.
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01/25/2020

The Randolph Museum is located at the entrance to Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue. Beginning on April 5, 2020, the Museum will resume its Sunday afternoon hours from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. (Please note, however, that the museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12. ) See you soon!

01/25/2020

The Historical Society of Old Randolph has openings for two additional Trustees. A Trustee is a person who is willing to commit to the administration of the goals and values of The Society. Trustees serve for two years from the date of appointment. The Governing Board of The Historical Society of Old Randolph is made up the Officers and the Trustees of the Society. The Governing Board meetings are generally scheduled every 3rd Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Please contact us if you have any interest or questions.

01/25/2020

2020 HSOR & Museum Events Calendar

1/13 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
3/16 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
4/5 Museum Spring Opening 1:00- 4:00
4/12 Museum closed for Easter
4/20 Randolph Reminisces Program 7:00pm
tbd Historic Sites Bus Tour 2:00PM – reservations required
5/18 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
5/24 Museum closed for Memorial Day
6/15 Randolph Reminisces Program 7:00pm Randolph Museum
7/5 Museum closed for the Fourth of July
7/20 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
8/16 Peach Festival at Museum
8/17 Randolph Reminisces Program 7:00pm Randolph Museum Game night
9/6 Museum closed for Labor Day
9/21 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
tbd Pathways of History at Museum 12:00- 4:00
tbd Historic Sites Bus Tour Departs from Municipal Building
10/19 Randolph Reminisces 7:00pm Randolph Museum
10/25 Last day museum is open on Sunday afternoons for the 2020 season
11/16 Board meeting 7:00pm Municipal Building
12/5 Museum Holiday Open House Live Music and Seasonal Refreshment

The Randolph Museum recently received the 2019 Historical- Cultural Facilities Award by the Morris County Parks Commissi...
01/14/2020

The Randolph Museum recently received the 2019 Historical- Cultural Facilities Award by the Morris County Parks Commission. What an honor for our wonderful museum!

The Morris County Parks Commission 2019 Historical- Cultural Facility AwardThe Randolph Museum was selected to receive t...
01/08/2020

The Morris County Parks Commission 2019 Historical- Cultural Facility Award
The Randolph Museum was selected to receive the 2019 Historical- Cultural Facility Award from the Morris County Parks Commission!

12/07/2019

Randolph Museum Open house Saturday, Dec. 6 12:30-3:30.
Step back in time with period music and light refreshments. The new book, Randolph, NJ Remembrances by Robert Baptista will be for sale. Event is free.

12/01/2019

Randolph Museum Open House ☃️
Saturday Dec. 7 12:30-3:30
live music by the Idyllwood Trio
Step back in time for a peaceful, relaxing afternoon.❄️

New Book For Sale!Randolph, NJ Remembrances by Robert Baptista, former Randolph resident.special introductory price $25....
12/01/2019

New Book For Sale!
Randolph, NJ Remembrances by Robert Baptista, former Randolph resident.
special introductory price $25.00
Get your copy on Saturday Dec. 7. 12:30-3:30 at the Randolph Museum Open House.
please email for more info. [email protected]

11/25/2019

New book for sale!
Randolph, New Jersey Remembrances by Robert Baptista. 162 pages of beautiful color photos of scenes and historic houses in Randolph. The book will be on sale at the Annual Holiday Open House at the Randolph Museum on Saturday Dec. 7 12:30-3:30. Special Introductory price of $25.00. Be sure to get your copy of this special book!

11/25/2019

Annual Holiday Reception

The Historical Society of Old Randolph will hold the Annual Holiday Reception on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12:30- 3:30 PM at the Randolph Museum, located at 630 Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park.
This event is free of charge and light refreshment will be served.
A special program of music selections from around the world will be performed by Idyllwood, featuring Kris Lamb and Roma Blanchet on flutes, and Anthony Campanella on guitar.

The Historical Society will have available a new book for purchase called, Randolph, New Jersey Remembrances by former resident Robert Baptista.
As an amateur photographer, Baptista captured scenic views of Randolph on film, especially in the fall and winter seasons. He has written a book about the town's historic homes and farms to accompany the photos. "Randolph, New Jersey Remembrances" is a 162 page pictorial history with over 250 color photos, including photos contributed by Randolph residents and the Randolph Museum. The chapters include Historic Homes, Farms and Buildings, the Randolph Resort Era and Scenic Photos.
Books are available for purchase at the special introductory price of $25.00

11/21/2019

Please join members of The Historical Society of Old Randolph as we celebrate at our 12th Annual Colonial Holiday Reception. This annual holiday open house is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 PM at the Randolph Museum, located at 630 Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park.

A special program of music selections from around the world will be performed by Idyllwood, featuring Kris Lamb and Roma Blanchet on flutes, and Anthony Campanella on guitar. These talented musicians will share their vast knowledge of music and musical instruments with the visitors.

This event is free of charge and light refreshment will be served.

For more information, please email The Historical Society of Old Randolph at [email protected]

10/18/2019

The final Randolph Reminisce program of the 2019 season is scheduled for Monday, October 21. These popular, well-attended programs are held at the Randolph Museum on Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park. They feature a guest speaker who leads a discussion about what life was like in Randolph “in the old days.”
Wally Wrede is scheduled to talk about the Wrede's River Game Farm on Pleasant Hill Road in Ironia. Come early! These programs begin promptly at 7PM!

10/18/2019

Due to popular demand, a fall bus tour of some of the historic sites in Randolph has been scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019. The bus departs from the municipal building at 2PM, but please arrive about 15 minutes earlier. The duration of the guided tour is about 2 hours, and the bus will return to the municipal building parking lot. The cost is $5 for adults and children over 12 years of age, and $2 for children under age 12.

Reservations are required, as we have an 8 -person minimum requirement. Call 973-989-7095 and leave a message (with name, telephone #, and number of bus seats requested) or email The Historical Society of Old Randolph at [email protected] with your information. Seating is on a first-come, first- served basis.

10/04/2019

Sunday October 27 from 1:00- 4:00 pm is the last day the Randolph Museum will be open for the season. Stop by for a visit!

10/04/2019

The last Randolph Reminisces of 2019 will be held at the Randolph Museum on Monday, October 21 at 7:00pm.
Mr.Wally Wrede will talk about the Wrede Game Farm that was located in Ironia.

More fun at the annual Peach Festival at the Randolph Museum.
10/04/2019

More fun at the annual Peach Festival at the Randolph Museum.

The Paper Boy of Morris County NJ
09/03/2019

The Paper Boy of Morris County NJ

Randolph Mayor Tyrone Barnes with his wife Adeline and daughters Loryn and Taryn out for a leisure stroll.
Photo from 1975

Sun High Orchards, located on Canfield Ave., Randolph, generously donated fresh yellow and white peaches and home made p...
08/22/2019

Sun High Orchards, located on Canfield Ave., Randolph, generously donated fresh yellow and white peaches and home made peach ice cream for the Annual Peach Festival held at the Randolph Museum. Be sure to stop by Sun High Orchards and support our local farm market. They have delicious fruits and veggies and home made treats.

The Annual Peach Festival held at the Randolph Museum last Sunday was a great success!  The fresh peaches and home made ...
08/22/2019

The Annual Peach Festival held at the Randolph Museum last Sunday was a great success! The fresh peaches and home made ice cream were delicious. Sincere thanks to Sun High Orchards for donating all the peaches and ice cream!

08/14/2019

Historic Trivia Night
Monday, August 19, 2019 from 7:00-8:00pm
How well do you know facts about Randolph and its history?
Learn fun facts about your town. Prizes offered!

Check out the upcoming events at the Randolph Museum located at Freedom Park .
08/02/2019

Check out the upcoming events at the Randolph Museum located at Freedom Park .

06/11/2019

The Historical Society of Old Randolph is pleased to host another "Randolph Reminisces" program on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Randolph Museum. The program will focus on memories of Bill’s Luncheonette and its customers. The museum is located at the entrance to Freedom Park off Millbrook Avenue in Randolph, NJ.

Our guest speakers will be Kathy Crowley Sheehy and Jill Hammaren, two Randolph natives who have been friends since age 12 when they met at the luncheonette and worked there for many years. Both ladies attended Randolph High School at a time when there were many farmers in the township. Many of the farmers and neighbors frequently came into the luncheonette and the ladies have many colorful stories to share about these customers and the ways of Randolph years ago.

Bill Crowley was the owner of the luncheonette which also housed the Ironia post office at one time. His grandson Bruce Button currently runs the popular meeting place, and Kathy Crowley Sheehy is Bruce’s mother. The post office in the luncheonette closed many years ago, but Jill Hammaren boasts that she was the last person to post a letter at the post office there.

The public is welcome to attend this program free from charge. Come share memories of Randolph’s past!

The Historical Society of Old Randolph

06/04/2019

The Historical Society of Old Randolph is pleased to host another "Randolph Reminisces" program on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Randolph Museum. The program will highlight memories of Bill’s Luncheonette. The museum is located at the entrance to Freedom Park off Millbrook Avenue in Randolph, NJ.

Our guest speakers will be Kathleen Crowley Sheehy and Jill Hammaren, two Randolph natives who have been friends since age 12 when they met at Bill’s Luncheonette and worked there for many years. Both ladies attended Randolph High School at a time when there were many farmers in the township. Many of the farmers and neighbors frequently came into the luncheonette and the ladies have many colorful stories to share about these customers.

Back in the day, Bill Crowley was the owner of the luncheonette which also housed the Ironia post office at one time. His grandson Bruce Button currently runs the popular meeting place, and Kathleen Crowley Sheehy is Bruce’s mother. The post office in the luncheonette closed many years ago, but Jill Hammaren boasts that she was the last person to post a letter at the post office there.

The public is welcome to attend this program free from charge. Come share memories of Randolph’s past.

05/22/2019

The Randolph Museum will be closed this Sunday, May 26, in honor of Memorial Day. The museum will be open Sunday, June 2 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

04/16/2019

The Randolph Museum is now open for the 2019 season!
The Museum is open most Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is free.

04/16/2019

The Historical Society of Old Randolph is pleased to announce the Annual Spring Bus Tour of Historic Sites in Randolph. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm. The tour will depart from the Municipal Building parking lot located on Millbrook Ave. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5.00 for riders over 12 years of age and $2.00 for riders under 12.
Reservations are needed! Contact: the HSOR 973-989-7095 and leave a message or email [email protected].

04/09/2019

The Historical Society of Old Randolph is pleased to announce the Annual Spring Bus Tour of Historic Sites in Randolph. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm. The tour will depart from the Municipal Building parking lot located on Millbrook Ave. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5.00 for riders over 12 years of age and $2.00 for riders under 12.
Reservations are needed! Contact: the HSOR 973-989-7095 and leave a message or email [email protected].

On Monday, April 15, 2019 the first Randolph Reminisces program of the 2019 season will begin at 7:00pm at the Randolph ...
04/09/2019
Henry Holden Online

On Monday, April 15, 2019 the first Randolph Reminisces program of the 2019 season will begin at 7:00pm at the Randolph Museum. The guest speaker is the famed author Henry Holden, wholwill continue his talk about Women in Aviation. Here is a link to Mr. Holden’s website: http://www.henryholden.com.
The program is free but donations are always welcome.

The Ross Farm - Basking Ridge
01/06/2019

The Ross Farm - Basking Ridge

A beautiful piece of the old Basking Ridge Oak Tree was delivered to the Ross Farm on Friday, Nov. 30. We are proud to provide the place and opportunity to see this particularly unique part of the town's history! It will become a very valuable component of the educational mission of the Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate.

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to learn more about this story and other happenings at the Ross Farm at www.RossFarm.org!

We hope you can join us!
11/27/2018

We hope you can join us!

11/13/2018

The Historical Society of Old Randolph cordially invites you to our annual Holiday Open House! The public is invited to attend on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1:0 0 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum, located at 630 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, New Jersey. Special period music will be performed by Idyllwood Trio and light refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge. Please join us For some holiday cheer!

Although the Randolph Museum has closed for the winter, special appointments can be arranged by email ([email protected]). Please request an appointment several weeks in advance if possible.

The Historical Society of Old Randolph

10/17/2018

Take a tour of some of the historic sites in Randolph!
Bus tour on Saturday, Oct 27, 2018.
Bus leaves from the Randolph Municipal Building on Millbrook Ave. at 2:00pm and returns approx 4:00pm.
Adults aged 12 and over- $5.00.
Children Under. 12- $2.00
Seating is first come first served basis.
Reservations: call 973-989-7095
Email [email protected]

Photos of historic sites in Randolph by Bob Baptista.
10/17/2018

Photos of historic sites in Randolph by Bob Baptista.

10/13/2018

The Historical Society of Old Randolph is pleased to present Randolph Riminisces on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Randolph Museum. The museum is located at the entrance to Freedom Park on Millbrook Avenue.
Mr. Henry Holden will not be able to be the guest speaker on Monday night, but we will have an open forum to discuss many aspects of Randolph’s past. Society board member, Mrs. Evelyn Hammaren will share some of her memories. The public is welcome to attend this program free of charge.

Bob
10/13/2018

Bob

The Hedden House was built around 1830 on Center Grove Road by Thomas and Sarah Byram Hedden. They moved from Newark to farm a large parcel of land here. Their son Oliver later occupied the house. He established a brick manufacturing facility on the property.

The Hedden House was occupied by several generations of descendants. I took this photo just before the house was razed in November 1989 to make way for a housing development.

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630 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ
07869

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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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Is there anyone here who knew or knew of a man named Roland Potts? I believe he passed in the late 1990's and was around 86 years old at that time. I lived at 1 Old Coach Road in Randolph and he and his wife had a massive chicken farm that was directly behind our house. Looking for family members and any info on whether his farm still stands or not.
The Albertson Farm was located on Park Ave. The Albertson home, built in the late 1800s, was located across the street from the farm buildings. Coursen H. Albertson (1898-1977) operated the farm for many years, selling vegetables and fresh eggs. After his death in 1977, he was buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. An old iron mine known as the Park Avenue Mine was located on the property. Nearby were the Bryant Mine and Thorp mine. This section of Randolph was named Ironia due to early mining of iron ore. Today there are only three working farms left in Randolph: Knothe Farm, Sun High Orchards and the Miller’s Hill Farm.
The Cohn farm produce stand and barn on Center Grove Road are shown in this October 1989 photo. I remember visiting the produce stand in the summer and buying vegetables from Mr. Cohn. If he was not there, you placed the money for the purchase in a metal box. Mr. Cohn had chickens and orchards. He grew vegetables organically including tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, squash and sweet corn. In 1989 a black bear was sighted on the farm enjoying the honey in Mr. Cohn's beehives. Randolph Township purchased the 50 acre farm in 2002 for almost $1 million with open space funds. Today it is known as the Cohn Farm Park and is undeveloped. The township’s16-mile trail system cuts through the park and connects to Brundage and Freedom Park. Edward A. Cohen, owner of the Cohn Farm, was born 1910 in New York and died in 2009 in Morris, NJ.
The Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church is located at Sussex Turnpike and Church Road. Its roots go back to 1820, when the villagers of Mt. Freedom had to travel to Morristown to worship. A group of Presbyterians gathered to establish their own local church. An 1821 meeting at the house of Jacob Drake led to construction of a meetinghouse in 1824, expanded to form the church building in 1859. The Cemetery includes veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. The Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church remains an active congregation today. It is listed as a Randolph Landmark and is also on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. I took this photo in May 1991 with black and white infrared film.
Randolph’s fall foliage was on full display when I took this photo of the Walnut Grove Methodist Episcopal Church in October 1991. The Church, located on West Hanover Ave., was the successor of an old Baptist church whose graveyard dates back to 1791. The Baptist church disbanded and in 1847 the Methodists erected on the site a new church at a cost of $5,000. The first pastor was Rev. John Stilman. The church and adjoining Baptist cemetery are registered Randolph Landmarks. The Little Village Country Day School has occupied the building for the last 25 years.
This natural fieldstone farmhouse, with walls up to 24” thick, is unique in Randolph. It was built by Daniel Lawrence in 1796 along with a stone barn near the house. The property consisted of 165 acres. The house served the early Methodist religious community. In the 1900s it became a boarding house. By the 1920s this was a summer retreat with tennis and bocce courts, a recreation hall and a springhouse and pool across the street. Later the house was to be demolished when Joanne Coppola saved it and restored it. The Daniel Lawrence Farmhouse remains today as a private residence. It is listed on Randolph’s Landmarks Register.
The Friends Meeting House on Quaker Church Road was built in 1758 to serve the Quaker community in Mendham and Randolph. It is the oldest church building in continuous use in Morris County and is listed on the Randolph Landmarks Register and on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The building may have the most intact eighteenth-century Quaker meetinghouse interior in the nation. A 2006 grant helped restore the exterior of the meeting house, so the appearance today looks somewhat different than shown in my photo of October 1991.
Forsythias were in bloom when I took this photo of an old home on Carrell Road in April 1992. The home was in need of some basic maintenance but was likely occupied at the time. Note the TV antenna on the chimney. It may have some historical significance as several Carrell Road homes, dating to the early 19th century, are on the Historic and Cultural Sites Listings of the Randolph Master Plan. Please post if you can identify this home, its history and if it remains today.
The Mott-Davenport Gristmill is on Gristmill Road. The Mill Brook, just behind the mill, supplied water power to operate the mill. The area is known as the Mott Hollow Historic District and was named to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 1992. Joshua Mott was a Quaker and was attracted to this area in the early 1800s by the Quaker community located here. His sons William and Joshua Jr. joined their father to buy land and start businesses along Mill Brook. This included the gristmill, fulling mill, linseed oil mill, tanyard, carding mill, sawmill. cooperage, blacksmith and shoemaker. Homes and a school sprung up to support the industrial village. The Motts were instrumental in the growth of the village in the 1800s. The businesses thrived during the war years of 1812-1816, but the subsequent depression took a toll. By 1820, the Motts started to sell the businesses and the buildings. The agriculturally-based industries were bypassed by later investors. Mott Hollow stopped functioning as a village by the mid-19th century, when both the Morris Canal and the railroads had bypassed it. The gristmill and other historic homes in Mott Hollow survive today as private residences.
The Sun High Orchards on Canfield Ave. have been operated for years by the Bostrom family. You can pick apples and children can enjoy the petting zoo and hayrides. Sun High Orchards is one of only three working farms left in Randolph. The others are the Knothe Farm on Millbrook Ave. and Miller's Hill Farm on Combs Ave.
I took this photo of an old home in disrepair in Nov. 1989. It was on Combs Hollow Road and may have been in the Combs Hollow historic district. If you can identify it and the location, please post. A 1934 map showed only three landowners in this area: James Lorey, William Skellinger and Dr. Dobey.
This farm was purchased by Theodore and Ruth Miller in 1924. For the first decade they focused on dairy production, growing hay and corn to feed the cattle. In the 1940's the local creamery closed so the farm focused on beef, hay, and egg production. Vegetable production began in the 1970s and continues today. The old barn in this photo was remodeled in 1999. Greenhouses now extend the growing season and the farm supplies wholesale vegetables to local restaurants. Miller's Hill Farm is one of only three working farms left in Randolph. The others are Knothe Farm on Millbrook Ave. and Sun High Orchards on Canfield Ave.