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Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

Township Fines Property Owners Who Demolished Historic Building Without Permits

The owner of Route 27 property located in the Franklin Park Historic District faces $8,000 in fines after they apparently demolished historic buildings without the proper permits. The main building, located at 3011 Route 27, was built in 1840 and sat on the site of Somerset County’s first courthouse, according to Andrew Burian, chairman of […]

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

Financial, Labor Support Sought For Howe Farmstead

The Somerset County Historical Society is seeking financial and labor contributions to the restoration and historical preservation work at the Howe Farmstead in Colonial Park. This is the first time a historic property is being restored as an all-original venue for historical and other purposes in this unique fashion, while paying homage to an up-and-coming […]

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Representatives from an East Millstone church were told Sept. 3 that they’d have to make a return trip to the township’s Historic Preservation Commission with more information about an expansion project they’re planning. The group, from Calvary Community Church on Franklin Street, needs to give the commission information on the type of facade materials that […]

Historic Preservation Commission Signs Off On Rutgers Prep Pavilion

Historic Preservation Commission Signs Off On Rutgers Prep Pavilion

A plan by Rutgers Preparatory School to build a pavilion on its Easton Avenue campus got the blessing of the township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission June 5. The pavilion would include two bathrooms and a space to sell refreshments, said Peter Richardson, the school’s director of operations. The pavilion would be located near the school’s […]

East Millstone Historic Society’s Annual Meeting Features Music, Food

East Millstone Historic Society’s Annual Meeting Features Music, Food

There was more than soup and chili served up March 11 by the East Millstone Historic Society at its annual meeting. Music by an Irish music trio, Lesser Seamus – featuring village resident Michael Steinbrück – and talks by Delaware and Raritan Canal author Linda Barth and Bob Mettler, the township historian, were also on […]

Plans Call For Village Plaza McDonald’s To Be Razed, Rebuilt

Plans Call For Village Plaza McDonald’s To Be Razed, Rebuilt

A major renovation is planned for the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in the Village Plaza on Easton Avenue. Perhaps renovation is an understatement; plans call for the demolition of the current restaurant and the construction of a new building. Professionals representing McDonald’s appeared before the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission on Feb. 6 to talk about the […]

Middlebush, Olcott Street Rich In Local History

Middlebush, Olcott Street Rich In Local History

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate had a rare chance on Jan. 28 to tour a vacant historic home in Middlebush, and get a little history lesson along the way. Township historian Bob Mettler was on hand to talk about Middlebush as well as the house, which dates back to the late 1800s. Mettler was there […]

Two Township Historic Homes Added To County’s ‘Journey Through The Past’

Two Township Historic Homes Added To County’s ‘Journey Through The Past’

Two historic homes in the township have been added to this year’s “Weekend Journey Through the Past,” a Somerset-County wide celebration of county history. Sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, the event is set for Oct. 14 and 15 at various locations in the county. This year, the Van Liew-Suydam House at […]

Rockingham Barn Reconstruction Wins State Preservation Award

Rockingham Barn Reconstruction Wins State Preservation Award

The reconstruction of the Nevius Dutch Barn at Rockingham in Kingston won a 2017 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award from the state Historic Preservation Office. The project was one of six that were honored May 11 in a ceremony at the Burlington County Olde Courthouse in Mount Holly. Rockingham, which is owned by the state […]

Historic Preservation Commission Reverses Earlier Decision On Honeyman House Barn

Historic Preservation Commission Reverses Earlier Decision On Honeyman House Barn

The owners of the Honeyman House on Canal Road will be able to use a different roofing material than originally approved on the property’s barn. The Historic Preservation Advisory Commission voted May 2 to allow the property owners, Ed Potosnak and Jeremy Pike, to use shingles made of asphalt rather than install a metal seam […]

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