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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pathways of History Museum Tour: Kinnelon, Boonton, Boonton Township, Pompton Plains

Have you participated in the Pathways of History program? We came across it last year while driving past the Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History and had to stop and explore. In the process, we got to speak with members of the Historical Society, learn about local history and discover how interconnected our towns [and boroughs] are. It was fantastic!

Pathways of History represents a collaboration between our local historical societies. Last year's included the Boonton, Boonton Township, Kinnelon, Butler and Montville Township Historical Societies. During the two-day program, a range of  events took place offering visitors a chance - via walking tour, musical performance, slide shows, lectures and other activities - to experience and explore our history.

This year is no exception.  Pathways of History - Links to Each Other and to the Past - returns next weekend, October 22 and 23, 2011.

Here are details of the 2011 Pathways of History Museum Tour.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and
Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Pathways of History Museum Tour – Morris County is a grand coordinated undertaking by four local historical groups designed to spotlight their museums and historic sites. Admission is free for this two day event. The Historical Societies of Boonton, Boonton Township, Kinnelon, and Pequannock are pleased to open their museum doors, and those of historic homes in their towns for visitation. Programs, presenting history in multiple forms are planned to interest visitors of all ages.

This two day program will offer local history; each will feature special activities, demonstrations and exhibits. 

Admission to this two day event is free.

Start at your local museum, L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum, 25 Kiel Avenue, Kinnelon.
  • L’Ecole Kinnelon Museum will offer a presentation about the historic Charlottesburg Furnace at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
  • The Museum of Pequannock Township’s discussion on the Railroad in Pequannock will be highlighted with images and documentation that bring to life some of what was experienced by those impacted by the railroad.
  • History comes alive with a family-friendly Civil War Living History reenactment at Boonton’s historic Miller-Kinsland House; The Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History in Boonton Township offers house tours, a Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Exhibit and the Kincaid fine Crafts and Art Shoppe.
Visitors may start the tour at any location where a brochure and detailed map will be provided to guide you to the next stop. For more information call (973) 263-0907.
For perspective on what to expect at one of those museums, here are the pictures I took during our visit last year to the Oscar A. Kincaid Home of History.

Offical Sign: Oscar A. Kincaid, Home of History, Circa 1785

It's officially a historic landmark.
We understand this was a working store until relatively recently.

Writeup on the Valley Farm Roadstand

Corn shucking anyone?

Oscar Kincaid Home

I love these barns and want to paint them someday.
Marvelous Kincaid barns.

Yes, there's a story!

The original face.

Electricity anyone?

Yes, Emma had fun!


Fabulous angles and additions.


More angles, additions and perspectives.

View of the house from the back.


I like the sheds, too.

I hope you'll go take part in Pathways of History. Then, let me know what you discover about what makes this part of the world so magical!
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