Museums at Drakesville Historic Park

209 Main St * Ledgewood * NJ 07852 Second Sundays, April-December, 1pm-4pm

Located along the corridor of the engineering landmark Morris Canal, the Museums at Drakesville Historic Park are a cultural gem within the growing statewide Morris Canal Greenway.  The museums include the King Store and the King House, both listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places with exhibits and artifacts reflecting the history of Roxbury Township and appealing to visitors of all ages.

The King Store, circa 1827, is one of two most intact surviving Morris Canal stores along the 103-mile-long canal corridor. In addition to serving the passing boat crews’ needs for basic food staples, it was also the local post office, polling place, and general store for the local populace. Next door is the c. 1887 Queen Ann/Italianate style King House Museum, featuring first floor rooms with period furnishings and two special exhibit rooms.  One enables visitors to understand the hidden heritage of the Lenape Native Americans who once populated the area; a new exhibit, “Miss Louise’s School Room,” is a historic representation of a typical classroom in a one room school, as it would have appeared in Roxbury Township c. 1900.

Of Special Note:

  • Next door to the Silas Riggs Saltbox House, a museum exemplifying late 18th century country life
  • Fully restored five-ton wagon scale outside the King Store Museum
  • Unique four-wall pastoral mural by English artist James Marland in King House Museum
  • Walking distance to Morris Canal Park, containing an intact canal basin and one of the waterway’s best preserved inclined planes

Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 lbensley@morristourism.org