12th Annual Christmas Antique ShowThe Tewksbury Historical Society (THS) will hold its 12th annual Christmas Antique Show at the Old Turnpike School, Route 517, Fairmount, on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00AM-4:00PM and Sunday, December 6th from 11:00AM-3:00PM. The show will be managed by Ellen Katona and Bob Lutz, who have much successful experience in staging antiques shows.
year’s show, chaired by Lyn Rahenkamp, will have 55 high-quality
dealers. The admission is $8 per person or $7 with a discount card
available from the Society or an ad from the local newspaper.
are needed to help antique dealers move some of their wares into the
school. Moderate lifting is required. You will be paid by the dealer
for your service. If you can lend a couple of hours please phone Lyn,
The Society will again be having its own booth
to sell antiques that have been donated. If you have any antiques you
would like to donate please phone THS Headquarters, at 908-832-6734,
and leave a message. They will reply and also provide a donation letter.
Tewksbury Historical Society Formed
in 1989 to preserve the history of the township, the Society has a
membership of over one hundred families, including many descendants of
our original settlers. There are also members from other towns who are
fascinated with our local history.
The Society holds four or
five general meetings a year which include a program covering some
aspect of local history. Recent program topics have included the Morris
Canal, the Rockaway Valley Railroad (which transported Tewksbury
produce to market), local production of Apple Jack, and walking tours
of Mountainville and Pottersville.
In addition to the programs
at our meetings, we hold several annual fund raising events. The spring
Flea Market always draws large crowds. In June, the Garden Tour is a
great introduction to summer, as four township gardens of special
interest are showcased. The gardens vary in design, and have included
formal and informal flower gardens, herb gardens, and vegetable
gardens. Fall is the time for the annual Art Show. The Art Show
chairpersons work hard to organize all the details--including preparing
the facility, staffing, handling of the artwork, judges, ribbons, and,
of course, the preview reception--to enable the Show to provide an
enjoyable experience for all involved.
Through all we do, our
focus is on preserving and disseminating the history of Tewksbury
Township. By collecting and displaying artifacts--as diverse as deeds,
grocery store ledgers, signs, and band instruments--recording the
memories of lifelong residents in the Oral History program, documenting
disappearing buildings, bridges, and landscape features, and sponsoring
presentations of general interest, we strive to maintain a connection
with the past, with those who came before us and said "This is my
community, this is my home, this is the place where I belong."
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Join the SocietyNew people
are always welcome to join the Society. Annual dues are $15 for a
single membership, $25 for a family. To join, simply send a note and a
Tewksbury Historical Society
PO Box 457
Oldwick, NJ 08858
For more information, e-mail the Society, or come talk to us at our next meeting.
1999, meetings are held at our new headquarters in the historic
Mountainville Academy, which served for years as the Tewksbury Township
Municipal Building. We are delighted to finally have a place for out
offices and archives, as well as a place to display artifacts of
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Tewksbury's Historic ResourcesIn
1997, the Historic Preservation Commission distributed its
township-wide Historic Resources Survey. The two-volume set is a
cataloguing of historic buildings, houses, and other sites throughtout
the township. Copies of the Survey are available for public use at the
Tewksbury Library and at the Township offices, 169 Old Turnpike Road.
Mountainville Historic DistrictOriginally
called "Bull's Head," the village of Mountainville grew up at the
intersection of the Road to the Back Inhabitants (Rockaway Road), which
originally crossed the Hill Mountain Road running from Cokesbury to Fox
Hill Road (now Main Street and Sawmill Road) at the confluence of four
streams on which three mills were built within the village area.
Blacksmith shops, distilleries, a school (Mountainville Academy, 1832),
and a few homes were early additions with the village's greatest growth
in the mid-1800's when Daniel Potter moved the Bull's Head Tavern from
his farm and attached it to an existing house, Joseph C. Farley built
the General Store (now the Chelsea Kitchen), in 1869, and Jacob Apgar
built the Carriage Factory (now the Kitchen Caboodle).
Oldwick Historic DistrictThe
first historic district in Tewksbury to be listed on the New Jersey and
National Registers of Historic Places, Oldwick dates from the early
18th century, when it was founded by English settlers. From 1734 to
1753, the village was known as "Smithfield," named by Ralph Smith, a
prominent resident. The beginnings of the village was at the four
corners of Church, King, and Main Streets. By the mid-18th century, a
large number of German and Dutch immigrants had relocated to
Smithfield, and the name of the village was changed to "New Germantown"
in 1753/4. It was in this period (in 1749) that the Zion Evangelical
Lutheran Church was constructed--in the Gothic/Greek Revival style. The
church served as a focal point for the now largely German/Lutheran
Most of the buildings were constructed in the early-
to mid-19th century, the greatest period of growth the village
experienced. Built in 1807, Barnet Hall Academy served as the village
school until around 1950 when the Sawmill School was constructed and
Mr. J. Seward Johnson, Sr. purchased Barnet Hall and donated it to the
people of Oldwick for use as a community Center. Since 1969, the
Community Center has housed the Tewksbury Township Public Library on
the first floor; the second floor is used for classes, lectures, and
various other community activities.
Designed in the Romanesque
Revival style, the Oldwick United Methodist Church was erected in 1865.
The steeple was originally higher than what we see today. After
significant storm damage, it was thought best to make the replacement
steeple of a more modest height, but it can still be seen from several
miles distance. Ladders in the tower go to the top of the steeple to
allow access for bell maintenance and exterior painting. The church was
built with a slate roof, but after a century of service, it was
replaced with asphalt shingles several years ago.
anti-German sentiment during World War I prompted the residents to
change the name of the village from New Germantown. After several town
meetings, the name "Oldwick," meaning "old village, was chosen.
Pottersville Historic District The
village of Pottersville is located along both sides of the
Lamington/Black River, just below the falls. This area along the river
is where Tewksbury Township in Hunterdon County borders Washington and
Chester Townships in Morris County, and Bedminster Township in Somerset
County. This places portions of the village within four townships in
three separate counties.
The first pioneer to the area, then
known as "Lamington Falls," was William Willet, who arrived in the
1750's and erected the original mills that played such an important
role in Pottersville's early development. Willet prospered throughout
the Revolution, supplying grain to Washington's Army, but was
bankrupted by the devaluation of Continental Currency. He sold his
mills and property to Captain Samuel Potter, in 1782.
Potter family, especially Captain Samuel's grandson, Serring, was
responsible for much of the growth and development of the village. The
town became known as "Potter's Mills," and was later officially named
"Pottersville," in honor of the family.
In its heyday,
Pottersville was a thriving and productive center of industry,
agriculture, and commerce. At one time, the community could boast two
mills, a manufacturing complex with company housing, two general
stores, a blacksmith shop, a barber shop, a candy & ice cream shop,
a railroad station, a hotel, and "The Glen," a park which was one of
the area's most popular tourist destinations.
Today, the sleepy
little village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It still retains its rural beauty, friendly small-town charm, and many
of its landmark buildings, such as the Dutch Reformed Church and the
old Wortman Mill.
Historic Home Maintenance When
you own an historic property—as many people in Tewksbury do—spring
cleaning or fall maintenance can present you with difficult challenges,
a long list of expenses, and opportunities to learn more about just how
historic your home is. Fortunately, there are a number of places you
can turn for help.
Knowing which features contribute to making
your house historically significant can help when it's time to make a
decision about repair and/or replacement of various components. The
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) completed an Historic Resources
Survey in 1997 that documented the township's historic resources. The
information included in the survey can help you learn more about the
history and physical development of your property, and assist you in
making repair choices. The survey is available at the public library,
local schools, and the Municipal Building. (In reviewing the survey, if
you see information that needs updating or correcting, please let the
Historic Preservation Commission know by contacting Shana Goodchild, Land Use Administrator, at Tewksbury's Municipal Building: 908-439-0022, x731.)
property owners located within one of the township's National
Register-listed historic districts (Oldwick, Mountainville,
Pottersville, Fairmount, Cokesbury, or Taylor's Mill), each National
Register nomination includes a brief discussion of individual
properties. These nominations are also available at the public library
and at the Municipal Building.
The National Park Service
publishes documents called "Preservation Briefs," short articles
intended to provide historic property owners with information about
professional methods for preserving, improving, restoring, and
maintaining their properties. Preservation Briefs cover a range of
topics, including repointing mortar joints; roofing; conserving energy;
repairing historic wooden windows; painting historic interiors; and
repairing historic plaster walls and ceilings. The HPC maintains a file
of Preservation Briefs that are available for use by the public..
Heritage Preservation and the National Park Service have recently
published a book entitled Caring for Your Historic House that includes
essays by 22 leading preservationists on such topics as roofs, exterior
masonry, exterior woodwork, wooden windows, heating, cooling, and
ventilation systems, and wallpapers. At only $24.50 for paperback, it
can be ordered through Heritage Preservation, by calling 202-634-1422.
to paint the house but want to know more about what colors might have
originally graced your walls? Historic Colors of America is a paint
chart depicting 149 colors utilized in the 18th and 19th
centuries. It is available from the Society for the Preservation of New
England Antiquities (SPNEA), 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114 for
Finally, all meetings of the Tewksbury Historic
Preservation Commission are open to the public and include time on the
agenda for public participation. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday
of each month at 8:00PM in the Christie Hoffman
Farmhouse. We welcome residents to stop by and bring us any questions
about maintaining an historic property.
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Gift Items Available
Tewksbury Historical Society has post cards for sale which are
reproductions of early 20 th Century picture post cards. The cards are
sold in packs of eight different scenes for $2.00 per set (that's only
25 cents per card!) Post Cards are available at all Society meetings
NOTE CARDSThere are two selections of note
cards available, Past Art Show Winners, sold in packs of 10 for $20,
and Tewksbury's Churches, sold in packs of 10 for $15. Both selections
include reproductions of original artworks.
POEM BOOKAnother item rich in Tewksbury nostalgia is the Miller's Orchard book of poems. Available for $25, this lovely book evokes the atmosphere of our township.
Society still has a new supply of 100% cotton afghans for sale. The
machine washable afghans are 50" x 65", with fringe on all four sides,
and depict 16 historic buildings and structures from sites in
Cokesbury, Mountainville, Oldwick, and Pottersville. They are available
in Williamsburg Blue Hunter Green, or Christmas Red, each on a natural
background, and cost $45 each. "These afghans make wonderful presents
for anyone who loves Tewksbury," said the Society's past President
PRINTSThere are also several copies of
the popular limited-edition print by long-time Tewksbury resident Lib
Ryman. Entitled "Tewksbury: A River Runs Through It," this lovely print
is a hand-drawn map of the township superimposed over an evocative
rendering of an historic stone bridge traversing the Rockaway Creek as
it "runs through" Tewksbury. The (approximately) 18" x 24" print is
available in an artist-signed version for $35, or unsigned for $25.
The afghans and prints are on sale at all of the Society's meetings, or you may e-mail a request,
or leave a message on the answering machine at the Society's
Headquarters: 908-832-6734. Please include your phone number, so
we can make arrangements to get your afghans to you. The Society is
unable to ship or send the afghans or prints. All proceeds go toward
the Society's building fund. Thanks to everyone who has already
purchased these great items!
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