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Old School House Museum & History Center ~ (1874 - 1948)

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Location:
681 Petersburg Road
Dennisville
Phone (609) 861-1899
Mailing Address:
571 Petersburg Road
P.O. Box 204
Dennisville, NJ 08214
Staff:
Al M. Dicicco, Director
Ray Rebmann, Volunteer

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Old School House Museum & History Center Hours:
January - December 1st & 3rd Saturday's 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
December 07, 2013 open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will also be open December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm for the Christmas Parade and on December 21, 2013 for the DHHOA tour.
Closed on National Holidays and on winter days if ice and snow present a danger to the access steps, and the handicapped ramp, or under foot in the parking areas.

Ray Rebmann Dennis Township Historian


History of the Old School House (1874 - 1948)

The little old school house is the home of the Dennis Township Museum and History Center. It was built in 1874 on the corner of Petersburg Road and Hall Avenues. The land for this school was purchased from Charles and Sophia (Stites) Ludlam in 1872 for $250. On April 15, 1948 a fire occurred which destroyed the second floor. Later, repairs were made and a new roof was constructed over the first floor. A property swap took place between the Board of Education and the Township Committee in 1951 and a new Consolidated School was constructed on Academy Road. The Old Dennisville School building became the Dennis Township Municipal Hall until 1994 when the new Municipal Complex was completed.

When the Old School House was vacated, the Township Committee gave permission for the building to be used as a Museum and History Center. Its on-going mission is to build a comprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia that serve to depict the history and life of the eight villages that comprise the township. The eight villages are: Belleplain, Eldora, North-West Dennis, Dennisville, South Dennis, Clermont, South Seaville and Ocean View. The museum's phone number is (609) 861-1899.


The Dennis Township Museum and History Center 10-2007

Our Mission

Our mission is devoted to the collection of artifacts, historic documents, and memorabilia as well as early photographs of our eight villages which are: Belleplain, Eldora, Northwest Dennis, Dennisville, South Dennis, Clermont, South Seaville and Ocean View.

Location

The Dennis Township Museum and History Center is housed in the old Dennisville School House located on the corner of Petersburg Road and Hall Avenues in the heart of the Dennisville Village. From Route #47, make a turn onto Petersburg Road at the Petersburg Road traffic light. Continue straight for two blocks. The Museum is on the right and offers plenty of parking for cars or busses.


Handicapped Accessible & A.D.A Compliant

The Dennis Township Museum and History Center ADA compliant access ramp. The Dennis Township Museum and History Center side access.

MUSEUM REACHES OUT to LOCAL VETERANS

The Old School House Museum is developing an oral history project involving any interested township residents who are military combat veterans.

“We want to record their stories so that there will always be a record of the brave service they’ve provided,” said Committeeman Al DiCicco, liaison to the museum.

DiCicco hopes that veterans from our nation’s military engagements will share their stories which will be tape recorded by museum volunteers. Copies of the recordings will be given to the participant with a copy retained for the museum for use by anyone doing related history projects.

“All we really need by way of supplies is a good tape recorder and lots of blank tapes. We’re prepared to record each participant either via a question and answer interview or just turn on the machine and let them speak…whichever way is more comfortable for the participant.”

While the project is still in the planning stage, museum volunteers are soliciting names and contact information of any township veteran who is interested in participating.

For more information, email the museum at dennistwpmuseum@comcast.net.


ATTENTION DENNIS TOWNSHIP AUTHORS:

The museum is currently developing a collection of the published works of local authors. If you have a published book (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) which you would like to donate to include in our new museum collection, please contact Ray Rebmann at dennistwpmuseum@comcast.net. Your work will be catalogued and displayed in the museum.


The Dennis Township Museum and History Center is part of the Township's multi-dimensional Culture and Heritage Department. This department is directed by Committeeman, Albert M. Dicicco who is the Liaison and Supervisor of the Museum's operations.


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