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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


Check out our limited-time displays. The first being a timeline of Centenary University from its origins to the present day. It began as a Methodist Theological Seminary, known as Centenary Collegiate Institute, or "C.C.I.", a co-educational preparatory school, to the expanded, advanced, and progressive University it is today, offering Associates through Doctoral level Degrees.

The second display is a surprise, guest display from the Mansfield Township Historical Society, our neighbors to the South and West of town!

Our 1880's, Children's, Textile/Clothing & Accesories, and Business/Map Rooms will also all be open for viewing on the second floor. Visit our research library and/or request that one of our Volunteers search our files to see what information we may have on your family, or your house.

We have Historical Society T-shirts, Hackettstown "Ghost" T-shirts, and various and sundry books, memorabilia and $5 "History Mystery" bags & boxes for sale!


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

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, beginning at 7:00pm

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

Our presentation will be about our local (and National) treasure, the Musconetcong Watershed. Our speaker, Tom Dallessio, is the Executive Director of the Musconetcong Watershed Association.

From Lake Hopatcong and Lubber's Run at its Northeast beginnings, to its junction with the Delaware River at its Southwestern terminus, the Musconetcong River and associated watershed, has been an important part of life from the original settlers, the Lenni Lenape, to the present day.

Mr. Dallessio will show us why the watershed continues to be of major importance, from its usage in industry, to its role in recreation and sport.

As always, a variety of free refreshments will be served, and you'll have the opportunity to purchase our unique T-shirts, panoramic maps, and various other Hackettstown memorabilia. Our Officers and Board will be there to answer any questions you may have about Hackettstown area history, as well as any other questions you may have about the Society or Museum! Join us!

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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