The West Milford Museum
In the 1980's, the Township of West Milford designated the Town Hall Annex as the future West Milford Museum. It formed by resolution the West Milford Heritage Committee in 1985 to plan and implement the museum's establishment through restoration, collection and operation. The Museum is located in the center of West Milford, across the street from the Township Municipal Building at 1477 Union Valley Road.
For over 20 years, the Heritage Committee has worked with professionals in planning and executing the building's interior and exterior renovation. The Committee has been responsible for collection and archiving valuable historic artifacts for display that highlight West Milford's unique history.
The Committee has undertaken numerous successful fundraising efforts to supplement the monies allocated by the Township for the project. The largest and most successful efforts have been the annual Tennis Tournaments. The tournaments have been sponsored by Lakeland Bank, Butler Chrysler Jeep and many other businesses, and are coordinated by former West Milford Township Mayor Carl Richko.
With a few construction projects remaining, the Heritage Committee continues to staff the museum, prepare exhibits, catalog artifacts onto a museum database, hold various history programs, and plan fundraising efforts for the project.
There is still some renovation work on the interior ceiling to be completed, in addition to installation of new lighting with fans. Donations for the remaining projects and volunteers to assist with history research are welcome. Inquiries about projects and ways to help can be made at the Museum during its regular operating hours on Saturday from 1pm to 4 pm.