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MUSEUM CHRISTMAS 2016

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will be open for the Christmas in the Villagecelebration.  Opening hours for the Museum for the weekend are 10 to 4 on Saturday, December 3, and 12 to 4 on Sunday, December 4.

“Jack Frost” is the theme of this year’s decorations. Come see the sparking, icicle filled rooms of our Museum. The Museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook. Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Admission to the Museum is free.

The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items, jewelry, and gift items will be offered for sale at reasonable prices for your holiday shopping.

 

Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe at the Jefferson Township Museum

The Museum gift shop, located in the original kitchen of the building, will be resplendent in its array of new and vintage items for sale.

 


 

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MUSEUM CHRISTMAS 2015

Museum Christmas weekend 2015 is December 5&6. Saturday will be part of the township’s Christmas in the Village 10-4. Sunday will be the Museum only 12-4. On both days, Society members will be in beautiful traditional Victorian costumes to assist visitors.

 

The theme for Museum Christmas 2015 is “Our Ancestors’ Tradition.” Members of the Museum Garden Club, Historical Society, friends and family have begun researching the traditions of the ethnic groups who formed the character of the township. Decorations and displays will reflect this theme. Decorating takes place over several days and often includes items from personal collections. All are welcome to visit. Private tours for groups over 8 are available.

 

NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSE

The Museum will be open for visitors; Sunday November 11-4PM. Historical Society members in traditional Victorian costumes will conduct tours. The Museum gardens reflect the beauty of the season with pumpkins and mums throughout the property. The Museum gift shop is having a clearance sale on all items in preparation for Christmas. All shop merchandise has been marked down from 20-50%. All are welcome.

 

Museum Christmas 2014
December 6 10-4PM
December 7 12-4 PM

The Jefferson Township Museum will be open for its annual Museum Christmas the first weekend in December. The museum is decorated this year in a traditional Victorian style. The theme is "Victorian Christmas in the Village". All of the rooms have been magically transformed with attention to the details of the historic era.

Costumed hosts will act as guides through the building, accompanied by the sounds of the antique harmonium. This delicate organ is only played during Museum Christmas. Miss Elizabeth's Gift Shoppe is completely stocked with all Christmas and holiday gift items and homemade cookies. On Saturday, hot mulled cider and chestnuts cooked on a potbellied stove will be served outside on the patio by the brook. All are welcome to take family photos in the vintage sleigh and in front of the beautifully decorated exterior. Many thanks go to all who have made this year's Museum Christmas so spectacular, especially the members of the Museum Garden Club and the shoppe keepers.

 

Pottery Demonstration at the Museum, Sunday, June 1

The Museum will host local potter, John Hedges, on Sunday, June 1, from 1 - 4 PM during its monthly open house.

Local potter John Hedges will be giving a demonstration of "throwing" his pottery.  A potter's wheel will be set up outside on the Museum patio where John will work on pottery and answer questions about his work.  John says that his pots are predominantly inspired by English pots of the medieval period, and as such are robust and fully intended for hard work.  He makes his pots on the wheel and then adds handles, spouts, and small pressed pellets of clay called sprigs, in the same way potters have done for thousands of years.  John received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wood/Metal/Ceramics/Glass at Manchester Metropolitan University in England.  John's pots will be for sale in Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe, which is open during the Museum's open house.

 

The Jefferson Township Museum links literature to Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Jefferson Township Museum will be open to the public Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 1 to 4 pm. This month’s exhibit will continue the theme “Little House in the Valley” linking two little special houses through the literature of Laura Ingalls Wilder.   Christine O’Brien of the Jefferson Township Library will be reading from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s literature at 2:30 with a focus on her light-hearted poetry.

A lot of new items are being offered for sale in Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe.  In addition to new Victorian inspired gifts, there are Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and gifts.

This month’s featured artist is English trained potter John Hedges. Hedges has received several honors for his work, most notably from HRH Prince Charles.  A sampling of his pottery will be available for sale in the gift shop.

 

Museum Christmas Weekend
December 7 and 8

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will reopen for the “Christmas in the Village” celebration. Opening hours for the Museum Christmas Weekend are 10 to 4 on Saturday, December 7, and 12 to 4 on Sunday, December 8.

The tradition of decorating the Jefferson Township Museum began the very first year the building was open in 1986. It was simply titled Victorian Christmas. That first year, society members with their children and friends sang carols and made Victorian type decorations. Elizabeth Riggs always donated a live tree. The building was opened the first Sunday of December, offering punch and cookies to visitors.

Those early traditions continue to be followed by the Museum Garden Club members and friends of the Historical Society. Each year a theme is selected and researched for its historic significance to the period of the Museum. “Sugar and Spice” is the theme of this year’s decorations. Every interior room is elaborately decorated according the selected theme. The Christmas celebration is the only time the antique harmonium in the parlor is played. The Museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook. Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Admission to the Museum is free. The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items will be offered for sale for your holiday shopping.

Contact information:
Pearlann McManus, Publicist, Jefferson Township Historical Society
publicist@jthistoricalsociety.org
973-208-8601

Christine Williams, President, Jefferson Township Historical Society
president@jthistoricalsociety.org
973-697-0258

 

 

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, July 7, 2013, from 1 to 4 pm.  Costumed docents will give tours of the museum and the Museum gardens will be in bloom for your enjoyment.  This month’s exhibit theme will be “Summertime – Traveltime”, an exhibit about travel and transportation, featuring toy trains, cars, planes, and books. Admission is free.

 

JEFFERSON  The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, June 2, 2013, from 1 to 4 pm.  Costumed docents will give tours of the museum and the Museum gardens will be in bloom for your enjoyment.  Admission is free.

 

 

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an "President's Tea" membership drive and Open House on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 1 to 4 pm.

Costumed docents will give tours of the museum.  Admission is free.  The theme this month will be to invite new members to join the Historical Society, take a tour of the Museum, shop in Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe, and have refreshments.  This month’s exhibit features vintage accessories such as hats, gloves, artificial floral corsages, feathers, shoes, scarves, fans, etc. The Museum gardens will be beginning to bloom for your enjoyment.

The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, was entered into the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  Visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale.

 

 

 

"A WOODLAND CHRISTMAS" AT THE JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP MUSEUM
 December 1st and 2nd, 2012

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, proudly presented “A Woodland Christmas” as part of theChristmas in the Villagecelebration.  Opening hours for the Museum Christmas Weekend were 10 to 4 on Saturday, December 1, and 12 to 4 on Sunday, December 2.  “A  Woodland Christmas” created a feeling of being in a rustic lodge where Santa would be greeted by his woodland friends.  Each room of the museum was decorated using natural materials.  The Christmas celebration is the only time the antique harmonium in the parlor is played.  The Museum was decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the JT Historical Society.  Guides dressed in period costumes were on hand, and hot cider was served outside by the pot-bellied stove.

Admission to the Museum is free.  The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, is on the National and State Register of Historic Places.  Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe, located in the original kitchen of the Museum, is where small antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items along with homemade goodies are offered for sale for your holiday shopping. 

Visit our Slide Shows page for photos taken at the museum during the weekend.

 

 

JEFFERSON MUSEUM ATTIC SALE

The Jefferson Township Historical Society will hold an Attic Sale on Saturday, October 27, from 9 to 3 pm, rain or shine.  The Attic Sale will take place on the grounds of the Jefferson Township Museum, 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ  07438.  This sale will be put on by members of the JTHS who will be selling their own items.  Come see what treasures you can find!

 

 

The Pathways of History: A Museum Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2012    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, October 21, 2012    12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM

Small museums continually search for innovative ideas to promote community history and to entice the public to visit their museums and historic places. In 2010 five northern Morris County groups conceived an idea designed to highlight their seven distinctive museums and historical properties.  Housed in venerable buildings of local significance, each had a unique and fascinating story to share.  Aptly called “Following the Pathways of History – Links to Each Other and to the Past,” this two day museum tour was a huge success.

Now in its third year, the Pathways of History Museum Tour has grown to include 13 historic locations. The original five museums, Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Kinnelon and Montville Township, are honored to be joined by Denville, Dover, Jefferson Township, Lake Hopatcong, Pequannock Township and Riverdale’s Glenburn. The museums and historic sites will simultaneously open their doors in welcome. Admission to this two-day event is free and visitors may start the tour at any location. Detailed maps and an event brochure will guide you to the next stop. Refreshments will be served at various locations along the route.

Admission is Free

Click here for more information

 

Miniature Display
April 1, 2012 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Jefferson Museum

 

Museum Open
May 6, 2012 / 1 - 4 pm

 

Clock Collection
March 4, 2012 / 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Jefferson Museum

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, had an open house on Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 4 pm.  Costumed docents gave tours of the museum at that time.  The theme of March’s exhibit was “It’s about Time”, a display of dozens of clocks and watches, ranging from antiques to more modern collectibles.  Those who visited the exhibit learned about horology and timepieces.  Paul Cincotta, a 27-year Jefferson Township resident and member of the JT Historical Society, has been an avid collector of clocks for 35 years.  Some timepieces in the collection include a Tekippe regular, and acorn,  mantle, banjo, regulator, grandfather, and ship’s bells clocks, as well as some antique barometers.  The exceptional pocket watch collection includes pieces from 1850 to 1960. Mr. Cincotta shared special stories about many of the timepieces that were on display.

 

 

Museum Christmas Weekend
December 3, 2011 /  Saturday  10 – 4 pm
December 4, 2011 /  Sunday     12 – 4 pm

 

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, is proud to present “At Home with Mr. & Mrs. Claus” as this year’s theme for Museum Christmas Weekend.  Members of the Historical Society and Museum Garden Club have been busy transforming this lovely Victorian home into the North Pole residence of Mr. & Mrs. Claus.  Visitors, both young and old, will be delighted by the whimsical decorations and the melodies played on the antique harmonium located in the parlor.  Hot cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove.  Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe, featuring unique and unusual gifts, will be open for your holiday shopping.  As always, admission to the Museum is free.

 

"Tea for Two" Open House
February 6, 2011  /  Sunday 1-4 PM
Now through April.
 
"Museum Christmas Weekend"
December 4, 2010 / Saturday 10 - 4 pm
December 5, 2010 / Sunday 12 - 4 pm
“A Storybook Christmas at the Chamberlain House”  As has been the tradition in Milton Village for over twenty years, the Jefferson Township Museum (on National and State Register as the George Chamberlain House) will be open and decorated for the holiday season. This year the theme has been taken from period literature. Volunteers from the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Historical Society will transform the charming Victorian building into a storybook wonderland. Each room will reflect an excerpt from well know literature of the period. You may recognize pieces from Little Women, Wind in the Willows and even Little House on the Prairie. The parlor harmonium is only played for this event. Docents, resplendently dressed in their winter costumes of the period, will give tours and information . Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe will be filled with unique gift items and home baked goodies. Enjoy hot mulled cider served outside while warming by the potbellied stove. The Museum is located on 315 Dover-Milton Road. Museum Christmas weekend will be Saturday, December 4, 10-4 PM and Sunday, December 5, 12-4 PM.
 
Museum Open House
November 7, 2010 / 1 - 4 pm
Tours will be given by costumed docents.
 
Museum Open House
October 3, 2010 / 1 - 4 pm
Featured will be a demonstration of upholstery restoration.
 
National Registry Celebration
May 22, 2010

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as  the George Chamberlain House, was entered into the State Register of Historic Places on September 3,2009. It was favorably received by the National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. and entered into the National Register of Historic Places on December 2,2009.

To acknowledge and celebrate these honors, the Jefferson Township Historical Society held a "Celebrate the Museum" day on Saturday, May 22,2010. Tours of the Museum, under the direction of Carol Keppel, Museum Director, were given by docents dressed in period costumes. The costumed docents were as follows: Ellen Fuchs, Martha Scheri, Lynda MacDonald, Jana-Lee Bair, Mary Parr, Donna West, Nancy Chamberlain, Roberta Shaw, Robin Trevor, accompanied by her husband Keith Trevor, and Carol Keppel, accompanied by her husband Bob Keppel. An outdoor ceremony to unveil the plaque followed.

Christine Williams, President of the Jefferson Township Historical Society, was master of ceremonies. Invocation was given by Father Thomas Laws, St. Gabriel Episcopal Church. Mrs. Williams spoke on the process which brought the Museum the register entry and gave a brief history of the building. Mayor Russell Felter congratulated the group on this achievement.  Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, State Senator Anthony Bucco and several Morris County officials were in attendance. Council members Debi Merz and Bob Birmingham also gave their congratulations. The plaque was donated in memory of Wesley A. Ackerson by his sister Marjorie Schubert. It was unveiled by Christine Williams and Carol Keppel. Pastor Ellen Bechtold, Milton United Methodist Church gave the benediction.

A reception for 100 was held at Casa Bianca Restaurant. A dessert reception at the home of the President followed.

For photos of the event, click here.

 

   

Jefferson Museum Docent Training

Join the Jefferson Township Historical Society and train to be a Museum docent.

As a docent, you will be a trained volunteer museum guide. All the training will take place at the Jefferson Museum, 317 Dover-Milton Road. There will be two training sessions of 45 minutes each. The dates are January 31,2010 and February 7,2010. Each session will last 45 minutes and both are required to receive the museum docent certification. There is no charge for the training; but enrollment is limited.

Interested parties may register by contacting Museum Director Carol Keppel 973-697-5328 or
museumdirector@jthistoricalsociety.org

 

 

23rd Museum Christmas Weekend

December 5th & 6th, 2009

The Jefferson Township Museum celebrated its 23rd Museum Christmas Weekend with a theme of "An Audubon Christmas".  The charming Victorian building was decorated inside and out with Victorian birds and cages.

Hot chestnuts and mulled cider, cooked on a pot bellied stove outside was served on the banks of the brook that runs behind the Museum. Entertainment surrounded the parlor Harmonium. Tours were conducted by members of the historical society and members of the Museum Garden Club, many dressed in period costume. Poetry reading and music of the season was performed by various groups.

Miss Elizabeth's Gift Shoppe was open and stocked with unique and usual gifts, many of which were handmade.

This year the Museum was part of a larger celebration, "Christmas in the Village" which took place on Saturday. On that day only, lunch was served in various locations through historic Milton Village. There was a craft show, "Grandma's Cookie contest, Gingerbread house contest and several musical performances at various locations in the Village.

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