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Kuhlthau family genealogy in photo collection

Many visitors to this website have a connection to the family of Philip Kuhlthau, the first of the German farmers from Oberzell, Germany to emigrate to Milltown. If you, you may be interested in some photographs of people who could possibly be your ancestors, and who might even be you!

Added by Barbara Wright on December 15, 2014 at 6:14pm — 3 Comments

Holiday Open House

Come visit the Milltown Historical Society this Saturday, and you will learn how our earliest residents decorated and celebrated winter holidays. Have you ever heard of a goose feather Christmas tree? Originally from Germany, these were the first artificial Christmas trees. We have a beautiful white feather tree in our annex building. Come see it and hear the whole history!

There are hundreds of stories at the Milltown Historical Society and we'd love to share some with you.



Added by Barbara Wright on December 3, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Girl Scout Open House

Girl Scout Troop 80273 is hosting an open house on Sunday May 18 from 12 noon until  3 pm. 

Enjoy the hospitality of our Junior Girl Scouts as they describe life from mid 19th century until mid 20th century, and other fascinating history of Milltown. 

We will be serving lemonade and cookies as an added treat for visiting!

Added by Barbara Wright on May 12, 2014 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Welcome Facebook Friends

 Many new members have signed on to this website in recent weeks, echoing the great rush of activity on Brian Harto's Facebook group, "Remembering Milltown".

Please feel free to make this site your own. You may write blog posts, upload your pictures of Milltown and comment on other's photos, and share memories. Take a few moments to browse the photos that others have already shared, and read the Milltown History links if they interest you.

And if Milltown History is a passion…


Added by Barbara Wright on January 30, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments


Added by Barbara Wright on April 26, 2013 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Come to Our Open House!

Visitors to the Milltown Museums frequently remark that they always wanted to visit, and that they are so glad they finally took the opportunity to go. Whether that is the case with you, if you have visited before, or if this your first time even noticing our old house near the fire house, we have some great new displays for you to see.

Along with the general store/post office, the old time school and Michellin displays, we feature in our parlor and kitchen the furnishings and…


Added by Barbara Wright on April 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sentinel Article about Train Show

Historical society’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ part of efforts to relocate train station
Staff Writer

The model…


Added by Barbara Wright on December 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Holiday Train Show Rescheduled

The Milltown Historical Society is partnering with the members of Raritan River Railroad group to host a model train (and more!) show at the Milltown Senior Citizens building on December 8 and 9, 2012 on Violet Terrace in Milltown. Look for more details to come!

Added by Barbara Wright on November 30, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

Holiday Train Show postponed

In light of what many are dealing with after Sandy's wrath we have decided to postpone the Holiday Train Show in Milltown. We are hoping to reschedule it for December 8th and 9th but the Senior Center in Milltown has not reopened yet so I have not been able to check if that weekend is available. Please update any blogs, sites, etc. that has the show listed for the upcoming weekend. I will let you know as soon as we have confirmed a new date.

My thoughts and prayers are with each of…


Added by Barbara Wright on November 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Trip to Steamtown National Historic Site October 27

We are planning a bus trip to Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2012. Tickets will include bus transportation and admission to the National Historic Site. Great fun for train lovers of all ages!

Added by Barbara Wright on July 17, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Milltown's Fourth of July Celebration

Milltown is a town that celebrates July fourth in a grand style, and the rest of the state knows it. Look for a front page story about our historic boro in tomorrow's Star Ledger newspaper, and online at And if you live close enough to make it to town, here is the planned schedule of events from Milltown's Fourth of July emcee, Russ Einbinder.

Summary of Events— Wednesday July 4th, 2012

• 6:00am Fishing Derby

• 7:45am Fun…


Added by Barbara Wright on July 3, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Membership in the Historical Society

Perhaps you have stumbled upon this site because of an email that you received. Maybe you forgot that you had once stumbled upon this site in the first place. If that is the case...

Welcome back! We are seeking out new members who can help us achieve our goals of preservation and education. The museum doors have been closed too much as of late, because we just do not have enough volunteers willing to spend a few hours showing other visitors the treasures that we have collected. If you…


Added by Barbara Wright on June 26, 2012 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Milltown Photography Contest Entries on Display at Milltown Library

The Milltown Public Library and the Milltown Historical Society recently collaborated  for the second time on a photography contest featuring pictures taken in our boro. There are many beautiful images, and its always interesting to see how different artists can make some of the same scenes look so different just by how they shoot their photos.

The pictures have just been hung in the Jane Strimple meeting room of the Public Library, where they will be on display until the end of…


Added by Barbara Wright on February 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Miilltown Historical Society takes a meeting break

The Milltown Historical Society has decided to take a meeting break for the cold months of January and February, due to the possibility of snowy weather.

If you want to get in touch with any of the Society members, you can call President Kathy or Bruce, whose phone numbers appear on this page, or post a message to this site.

The Museum will open for private tours upon request. Please call the Schwendeman Taxidermy Shop for information about when you can get a tour of the Museum…


Added by Barbara Wright on January 8, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Milltown Day is October 1

Look for the Milltown Historical Society Table at Milltown Day at the Boro Park. We will have photographs and interesting objects displayed, and Milltown History books and other items for sale.

Take an historical walking tour of Milltown, and learn about some of our town's older buildings.

Added by Barbara Wright on September 25, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Newest member Pau Medrano Bigas article

Our website's newest member, Pau Medrano Bigas, a professor of graphic design at a University in Barcelona, Spain is a scholar who has researched the Michelin company extensively. His research, while focused on how Michelin used graphic design in its printed advertisements, was also broad enough for him to learn about the history of the Michelin plant in Milltown. Read this fascinating history in Pau's article "The forgotten years. The American phase of Michelin in Milltown"published in the…


Added by Barbara Wright on September 14, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Milltown Historical Society News

The next open house of the Milltown Historical Society will be Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 1-3 pm.

All are welcome to visit or to get involved with our activities. You too can become part of Milltown's history, or just help us discover and share what we know with others.

Who can get involved? Anyone! Those who know Milltown history, great!  

If you don't know and want to learn, yes!

If you know about…


Added by Barbara Wright on September 14, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Add "tags" to your photos or blog posts to make them searchable

When I get a request from a new member for some specific picture, or information, I think how useful it would be if I could find a way to search for that information. Especially if it exists on our own website! To help us search better, add tags that describe what you add. For example "1950s" or "Raritan River Railroad".

Thanks, and if you find any new pictures, please add them to the site. We'd all love to see them.

Added by Barbara Wright on August 23, 2011 at 1:32am — No Comments

July 25, 1913 murder at Michelin Plant

I found this article - while I was looking for something else - about a brutal murder in front of the Michelin Plant. Interestingly enough, this is the second brutal crime I found that happened at the plant. I know it's not a pleasant piece of Milltown history, but I thought I'd pass it along. Has anyone heard of this crime before?

"Jilted Lover Kills Woman Who Would Not Wed Him, Shoots Man and Eludes Officer in Pursuit."…


Added by Edward J. Dailey on November 27, 2010 at 12:05am — 5 Comments

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