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Florham Park began as a rural settlement with a long history of farming. During the twentieth century, it rapidly transformed into a modern suburban municipality. One building that witnessed each phase of the town’s evolution from rural village to modern suburb is the Little Red Schoolhouse, which has sat at the “crossroads” of Florham Park since the borough’s time as little more than two connecting dirt roads.
Today the schoolhouse has current status along the borough’s “main street,” which is now fully developed with businesses and heavy traffic. The schoolhouse has remained a symbol of the borough’s history throughout its various changes, and its history as a classic example of an early American schoolhouse. The Florham Park Historic Preservation Commission oversees the Little Red Schoolhouse, which will be 150 years old in 2017, and the historic Hancock Cemetery.
The Commission oversees all historic sites in the Borough. Their objective is to preserve the historical nature of select properties and to provide education regarding the historical significance of these sites on the development of the Borough. The commission’s work on Borough-owned historic sites includes recommending maintenance and upkeep, applying for grants for renovations, and organizing and producing educational programs for the public. They also maintain a record of privately owned properties with historic significance in the Borough.