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Warren History Museums Are Open

Sunday, May 8, 2022 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Warren County's two museums located at historic Morris Canal sites are open again after a long hiatus caused by the pandemic. Stop by and learn why you keep seeing the brown "Morris Canal Crossed Here" signs around the county (how did they get the boats up and down these hills?), as volunteers will be there to welcome you and answer any questions.

Did you know that Washington was world-renowned for producing some of the finest organs and pianos? Stop by on Sunday and see for yourself! The Warren Heritage Museum at Bread Lock Park will be open from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Bread Lock Park near New Village in Franklin Township is open daily until dusk, and the Warren Heritage Museum at Bread Bread Lock Park is open the second Sunday of each month, 1-4pm. The museum features displays that interpret history along the Warren Heritage Scenic Byway, a state-designated scenic corridor from the Delaware River at Phillipsburg, through Hackettstown and Allamuchy to the historic Waterloo Village.

Lock 7 West near New Village was known as "Bread Lock" because the store at the end of the lock sold goods to the boatmen, including homemade bread and pies. In the museum you will find models and displays of Warren County history with emphasis on the Morris Canal, Shippen Manor, Oxford Furnace and Lenape Indians.

Meanwhile, the Jim and Mary Lee Museum is named for the well-known Morris Canal historian and his wife, who lived there for many years and who excavated the inclined plane remains. This unique museum is located in a former Morris Canal plane tender's house at Plane 9 West in the Stewartsville area of Greenwich Township. Visitors can view artifacts in the museum, then walk the inclined plane, and tour the remains of the powerhouse, turbine chamber and 165-foot tailrace tunnel located 25 feet underground. Guided tours are offered at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Both Morris Canal sites are open 1-4pm, second Sunday of month, April-October, with the Warren Heritage Museum also open November through March.

Warren Heritage Museum at Bread Lock Park
2627 Route 57, Stewartsville, NJ
(Located behind OK 4-Wheel Drive  near Mile Marker 4 in the New Village section of Franklin Township)

Jim and Mary Lee Museum
477 County Route 519, Stewartsville, NJ                                 
(1/2 mile south of Rt. 57 intersection, north of Route 22 intersection)