Roxbury Township Historical Society

The 1700’s Silas Riggs House

Silas Riggs House

The Red Tour

Sunday, May 7, 2023
12pm to 5pm

Roxbury Township Historical Society

The 1700’s Silas Riggs House

Event Information

  • View evident 1700’s construction
  • See an Open Heart Cooking demonstration
  • View early 1700’s textiles
  • Enjoy Olin Vought original artwork
  • On street parking.

Built in the mid-1700’s along an ancient Lenape Trail during the early stages of Roxbury Township’s renowned iron mining industry, this snug dwelling was lived in until 1961. Despite its primitive construction, in 1963 it survived an intact move a short distance to this site by the newly incorporated Roxbury Township Historical Society to save it from demolition. Restored as a living history museum filled with artifacts that tangibly communicate the township’s pre-Revolutionary history, the Silas Riggs House is listed on the NJ and National Registers of Historic Places.

Newlyweds, Silas and Harriet Riggs from Mendham took occupancy of the house in 1805, and Silas became a significant contributor to the development and operation of the Morris Canal in 1821. In 1835, son Albert Riggs reopened the nearby Woodruff and Hopkins abandoned General Store, operating it during the canal’s heyday, turning over its ownership to Theodore F. King after King married Albert’s daughter Emma Louise Riggs in 1873.

Original artwork by area artist Olin Vought, who boarded with the Meeker/Emmans family on North Hillside Avenue in Succasunna at the turn of the 20th century, will be prominently displayed. Soup will be simmering on the hearth in the keeping room.

Topics of discussion are established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).