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The Hackettstown Historical Society

The Hackettstown Historical SocietyThe Hackettstown Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the historic heritage of Hackettstown and the surrounding areas. Its purpose is to collect, catalog, display and preserve artifacts, mementos, and memorabilia for present and future generations. The Society was organized on March 6, 1975 with seventy-two charter members. Membership in the Hackettstown Historical Society is open to all interested individuals, families, institutions or groups.

The Hackettstown Museum

The Hackettstown Historical Society Museum is located at 106 Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ. The building was originally built in 1915 for the Theodore G. Plate family. The museum is open on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm. It is closed on holidays. Special groups and other times may be accommodated by appointment. The museum and its collections are maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. Send an email or call 908.852.8797 for more information on the Museum, its collections or volunteer opportunities.


Society members are available to speak at school, community or other events. Please call the Museum at 908-852-8797 for additional information. Museum volunteers will assist with requests for genealogical research. To request assistance, please contact the Museum or send us an email with information on the individual, family or location you're researching. A donation is kindly suggested in return for these services.

Collections and Memorabilia
The Hackettstown Historical Society Museum houses over thirteen thousand items in its collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Museum visitors and researchers will find:
- A historical reference library with nearly eight hundred volumes of state and local interest
- Hundreds of genealogical files
- A 9,000+ name genealogical database
- More than five hundred documents, deeds and manuscripts dating from to the colonial period to the twentieth century
- Local cemetery records
- Microfilmed local newspapers and federal census records
-Over a thousand photographs and postcards
- Taped oral histories
- Letters and maps
The museum is open on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm. Other times may be accommodated by appointment by calling 908-852-8797 or email at