Chatham Township Historical Society

Red Brick Schoolhouse Museum

The Red Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2024
12pm to 5pm

Red Brick Schoolhouse Museum
Photograph: Tom Salvas

Chatham Township Historical Society

Red Brick Schoolhouse Museum

24 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ 07928

at the corner of Fairmount & Southern Blvd.

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The Red Brick Schoolhouse was built in 1860 and called the Mount Vernon School in honor of George Washington. For over 150 years it has been a focal point of the Township, serving as a school, a Sunday school, a community center, home of the Chatham Art Club and the Chatham Township Hall. In 1991, it became the historical society museum displaying artifacts, documents and photographs from more than three centuries of Township life.

Through the years many interesting people have called Chatham Township home. The original inhabitants of the area were members of the Lenape tribe who made good use of the bounty of the Great Swamp. Following them were early settlers who created a farming community. Dairies, truck farms and the greenhouse industry prospered. After World War I the population continued to grow and thrive. In the 1920s, a group of mostly eastern European Jews formed a colony within the town. Madame Bey ran a boxing training camp that turned out world champions. Local residents were instrumental in the grassroots battle to save the Great Swamp from becoming a jetport. As the value of land rose development increased, but many historic sites and buildings remain and can be viewed on our narrated Driving Tour of Historic Markers.

This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).