Sussex County Historical Society (New Jersey)

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Hill Memorial
Sussex County Historical Society (New Jersey) is located in Sussex County, New Jersey
Sussex County Historical Society (New Jersey)
Location 82 Main Street, Newton, New Jersey
Coordinates 41°3′24″N 74°45′17″W / 41.05667°N 74.75472°W / 41.05667; -74.75472Coordinates: 41°3′24″N 74°45′17″W / 41.05667°N 74.75472°W / 41.05667; -74.75472
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1916 (1916)
Architectural style Renaissance
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 85001565[1]
Added to NRHP July 18, 1985

The Sussex County Historical Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1904 in the State of New Jersey. It is located in Newton, in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, and pursues a mission of promoting public knowledge and interest in the county's heritage.

Hill Memorial Museum[edit]

Hill Memorial Museum at 82 Main Street in Newton, was constructed for the historical society in 1916 and has served as its home since then. It was built in the renaissance revival style to the design of Henry T. Stephens, an architect from Paterson, New Jersey by local contractor Thomas Farrel. It was dedicated on June 8, 1917 and named after three relatives of the main donor, Joshua Hill. It is the oldest building continuously operated as a museum in the State of New Jersey. The Hill Memorial was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places on 18 July 1985.[2]

The entry hall has a grand staircase made of quartered oak. The exterior walls are constructed in brick in two shades made by the N.H. Sloan kilns of Pennsylvania. Ornaments for the entrance were manufactured by the Brick Terra Cotta & Tile Company of Corning, New York. A 1922 fireplace on the ground floor was made by George Sharp with stones of local geological and historic significance.[2]

The second floor houses collections of quilts and other textiles, farming tools, baskets and other household items, Civil War memorabilia, and a partial skeleton of a Mastodon discovered nearby.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Hill Memorial". Sussex County Historical Society. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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