The Mount Tabor Historical Society is pleased to announce that a ceremony unveiling the National Register Marker commemorating the listing of the Mount Tabor Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places was held on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Several dignitaries were present to congratulate the Mount Tabor Historical Society on this great achievement including Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers, Parsippany Troy Hills Mayor James Barbario, Parsippany Council members Robert Peluso and Loretta Gragnani, Parsippany Town Historian Randy Tortorello and Camp Meeting Association President Richard Morgan. Also attending the unveiling ceremony were Mount Tabor Historical Society members and other community residents. Mount Tabor Historical Society President Michelle LaConto Munn had the honor to unveil the newly placed National Register Marker located in a garden near the post office parking on Simpson Avenue. A reception was held immediately following in the Bethel Pavilion.
The listing marks a major milestone for the community and those involved in the nomination process, which started in January of 2011 with the assistance of grants from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust to help fund the creation of a Mount Tabor Historic Preservation Master Plan and a National Register Nomination. This nomination required extensive research and documentation over several years utilizing a team of historic preservation specialists and historic architects overseen by HMR Architects. Educational outreach was provided through a series of meetings, programs and speakers presented to the public by the Mount Tabor Historical Society.
The Mount Tabor Historic District was officially listed on the New Jersey Register on January 8, 2015, and approved for listing on the National Register for Historic Places on March 3, 2015. Six years after the process began, it is gratifying that the historical significance of this neighborhood is thoroughly documented and officially recognized with an historic marker. The hope is that this recognition creates more awareness and sensitivity to the unique historical characteristics that contribute to making Mount Tabor such a special place to live.
A crew from the Skylands Visitor Magazine paid Mount Tabor a visit recently. Here is a link to their informative article in the Spring 2016 issue. Take the advice in the article and explore this unique historic community in the heart of the “Skylands” of northwestern New Jersey. See our Directions page to pay us a visit. http://njskylands.com/tour-mount-tabor
Our recently-passed member Lynn Brunskill was one of the leaders in the efforts to save the historic Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. Her contributions are described in a Star-Ledger article July 17, 2015:
We are very proud to announce that the Mount Tabor Historic District, in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Morris County, was entered into the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on January 8, 2015. The New Jersey Register is the official list of New Jersey properties worthy of preservation. The Mount Tabor Historic District is now protected by the review process for public projects established by the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act (N.J.A.C. 7:4).
We are also pleased to share that the Mount Tabor Historic District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 2015. The National Register is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
The process to get the community listed began in January of 2011. Four years later, we are gratified that the historical significance of our neighborhood is thoroughly documented and officially recognized. Our hope is that it creates more awareness and sensitivity to the unique historical characteristics that contribute to making Mount Tabor such a special place to live.
We are pleased to announce that the Mount Tabor Historic District will be considered by the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites for nomination to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
A community meeting will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 7:30pm at the Tabernacle, located at 31 Simpson Avenue in Mount Tabor. A slide presentation of the district will be shown and a member of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office will be on hand to discuss the implications of listing and to answer questions.
The New Jersey State Review Board meeting will be held on November 13, 2014, at which time the nomination will be considered. The meeting will begin at 10am in the 4th floor large conference room, at 501 East State Street, Trenton, NJ.