Dover Area Historical Society
Dr. Condict House
- Highlighting local artists capturing Dover’s history: Hudson Favell, Bea Cook, Ruben Farr, Price, and many others.
- View the documents and discuss the ongoing historic preservation of the DAHS museum.
- See the 300th anniversary movie of Dover’s history from 1722 to present produced in collaboration with High School Students in Dover College Promise, Morris County College, E. Lopez, W. Carmona and the Dover Area Historical Society.
- Self -Guided Map of Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Dover.
- Parking is available in the parking lot behind the museum, entering on the side of the First Presbyterian Church. Street parking on Towpath (across from Harry Loory) and, Bassett Highway (entrance from street to church parking lot to Museum House).
Dr. Condict’s home and office was built in the late 1890s and is now home to the Dover Area Historical Society located in Dover’s historic district. The 1890s brick Colonial Revival was built in the area that was then called Doctors’ Row. The museum has been the office and home of many local physicians, the last family and physician at this address was Dr. Shanik.
In 1722, John Jackson arrived and built an iron forge and log cabin marking the founding of Dover, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2022. The iron rich hills, the Rockaway River water source and plentiful woods made the Dover area ideal for the iron industry. In 1825, two New York developers, Henry McFarlan and Joseph Blackwell, saw the potential of Dover’s ideal location and mapped out streets and began selling business lots. In 1825, the Morris Canal began to be dug through Dover. It was at the midpoint of the waterway with the largest basin along the canal. Then came the trolleys and trains bringing more business and prosperity. Dover attracted workers from Europe, South America, Puerto Rico and other locales to work in the new factories.
Today the DAHS continues to celebrate the diversity of Dover-past, present and future. The three-story Museum houses hundreds of photos, books and artifacts.