Denville Historical Society

Museum and Research Center

New Book from the VP of the Denville Historical Society now available for pre-order.


August 16, 2021!

For Sale online at Amazon, Arcadia Publishing, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Denville Historical Society

Weird NJ, Summer 2021


For Sale at the United Card & Smoke Shop on Broadway and Ray & Judy's Book Stop in Rockaway!



10 am - 2 pm

No more than 8 people will be allowed at the Museum at any given time. Please limit close contact with others and observe social distancing guidelines.

Latest Eagle Scout Project

Mayor Tom Andes (left) looks on as DHS President Vito Bianco (center) accepts a check from Eagle Scout candidate Joshua Yagozinski (right) upon the completion of his Eagle Scout project. Joshua repurposed the memorial bricks from the old Project Playground by creating a patio and walkway near the herb garden at the Denville Museum. Over 3000 bricks were utilized including all the unclaimed memorial bricks. “Saving these memorial bricks was a pet project of the late DHS President, Judy McBride,” Bianco explained. “She would be very pleased with how the project turned out,” he said. Mayor Andes added that “projects like this continue to enhance the beauty of Denville.” Joshua donated the remaining funds he raised for the project to the Denville Museum. “The Historical Society is always grateful for donations that help us continue to preserve Denville’s history,” Bianco stated.


DENVILLE IN WORLD WAR II: For the first time in a while, the Denville Museum has a new permanent exhibit showcasing the town's story during the greatest conflict of the 20th Century. Historical artifacts, pictures, and first hand accounts from Denville Veterans of WWII are on display.


The grandeur of the historic Wayside Inn exemplifies Denville's glorious past. Denville, the "Hub of Morris County," has retained its small-town atmosphere from its early days as a stop along the stage routes. Iron and good soil attracted the first settlers.

Today, its scenic lakes, vibrant downtown, and many festivals attract tens of thousands each year. In Denville, the superb image collection of the Denville Historical Society & Museum provides spectacular views of this charming community.

More than two hundred images and informative text about the town and its people fill the pages of this history. Along with the photographs of buildings, landscapes, and locals are images of historical figures, such as George Washington, who passed through on his way to winter quarters at Jockey Hollow, and William Penn, who first surveyed the area in the early 1700s, as well as local legends "Uncle" Jeddy Cooper and Rock Etam.


We are always in need of more local artifacts (pictures, letters, old school books, etc.)

We are currently in the process of renovating the 1908 Denville School House building on Openaki/Franklin Ave, Denville and are looking for local artifacts related to education in Denville or that of its residents.


Are you as student that needs to fulfill required volunteer hours? Do you want to get involved in helping your community but are not sure how? The Denville Historical Society is always looking for volunteers. Please contact us or stop by any Saturday during our open hours for more information.

What's Happening

  • ON SALE! Denville 13: Murder, Redemption, and Forgiveness in Small Town New Jersey by Peter Zablocki. Available at the museum and wherever books are sold. All proceeds from the book are being donated to the Denville Museum.

  • Renovation of the 1908 Schoolhouse (Openaki Rd/Franklin Ave)

      • Link with progress and pictures of the project to follow

  • Multiple Eagle Scout Project(s)

      • 9/11 Memorial near the Museum Garden




Family Membership $50 a year

Individual Membership $25 a year

Life- One Payment of $250

*Check payable to Denville Historical Society; P.O. Box 446, Denville, New Jersey 07834

Thank you for your tax-deductible contribution.

Membership- Donation Form DHS.pdf

For your convenience a printable Donation Form is located above.

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Open every Saturday from March through December 10:00am- 2:00pm

*unless otherwise noted (please check the site for updated information and closings)

Admission is Free!

*click on the map above for directions 113 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ