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Come visit the museum and view these colorful and interesting exhibits. The museum is conveniently located at 106 Church Street next to the Hackettstown Free Public Library. For more information on the Historical Society and its events, please call the museum at 908.852.8797 or email us

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The museum is open on

Wednesday 2-4,Friday 2-4 and Sunday 2-4

If you plan on visiting please call, email, or message us on Facebook ahead of time. We do welcome walk-ins when open.

We can also open if you make an appointment


Meetings are free, and are open to the general public. Light refreshments are provided.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm

at the American Legion Hall, 494 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown

Chuck Walsh, President of the North Jersey Rail Commuter Association will give a presentation on "The Lackawanna Cut-Off." Learn about this engineering marvel, how it came to be, what happened to it, and what the future holds, as it's in the process of at least a partial reopening.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm

at the American Legion Hall, 494 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown

OUR APOLOGIES! Our originally scheduled program (Martin Kane, on Lake Hopatcong), has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a later date. INSTEAD, Fred T. Rossi, author of the recently published book, "Jersey Stories", will regale us with some of the lesser-known stories contained within, such as how it came to be that his ancestor arrested the Governor of New Jersey, who just happened to be Ben Franklin's illegitimate son! Did you know that a Vice President from NJ nearly became the 26th President of the United States. Find out more about him in this VERY interesting talk. His book will also be available for sale! Get your own autographed copy!

Members & Friends of the Hackettstown Historical Society, The Officers and Board of the Hackettstown Historical Society would like to thank all those who attend our meetings and who came to our Winter Holiday and Spring Open Houses! We appreciate your support, whether by attending meetings, registering and attending our Events, such as our Fall Lntern Tour, and coming to our Open House celebrations.

A special shout-out goes to those making donations, becoming Members, and/or volunteering! Without your support we couldn't fulfill our mission to collect, preserve, and display items relevant to the long and diverse history of Hackettstown, and its nearby areas! Another shout-out to the Town of Hackettstown, and the DPW, who do the primary maintenance and care of "our house," the Museum! Phil Dzielski, Board Member and Director of Media Resources

Please remember, the museum is ever changing, I love the quote, “History comes alive at our House.” Please come and bring the children. Gwen Chaar, President Emeritus and current Board Member

Meetings are held at the American Legion Post 164, Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

You may contact the Hackettstown HistoricalSociety museum @908-852-8797 or at


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HHS Meeting Schedule
Regular monthly meetings of the Hackettstown Historical Society are held in March, April, May, September October and November at the American Legion Home, 494 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown. Meetings begin at 7:00 and are open to the public. Refreshments are served.
December: Holiday Open House at the museum - date announced in advance For more information on the Historical Society and its events, please call the museum at 908.852.8797.
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Do You Know Me?

This photo, identified as Ezra Wilson, was taken by I.G. Owen, a one-time Hackettstown photographer, in a studio in Newton. If you know who this ancestor is, or have more information about him, please contact the Hackettstown Historic Society.
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