Hunterdon County
New Jersey

The Museum

57 Musconetcong River Road
Phone: (908) 638-8523 x405
museum@lebtwp.net

Curators

Gina Sampaio, Curator
Robbie-Lynn Mwangi, Associate Curator

Hours

Tuesday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

ADMISSION IS FREE

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CURRENT EXHIBIT

Picture of tree and mountains from the Musconetcong Watercolor Group

This winter, the Lebanon Township Museum will be hosting its annual art show featuring original works of art created by the Musconetcong Watercolor Group, a watercolor and drawing instruction group that meets in a 19th century stone gristmill in Imlaydale. The original gristmill was built in 1792 by wealthy landowners Samuel Bowlby and Major Henry Dusenberry. Dusenberry deeded land to the Lebanon Township Board of Education in 1823 for the construction of the New Hampton schoolhouse, now the Lebanon Township Museum.

While there is no overarching theme of the artists’ works for this exhibit, natural beauty remains their collective inspiration. Taking that into consideration along with the comfortable and charming atmosphere of the schoolhouse-turned-museum, the exhibit has been named Hyggelig. It’s a Danish/Norwegian adjective (pronounced hue-guh-leeg) used to describe a “cozy and warm atmosphere of togetherness in a pleasant setting surrounded by the beauty of nature.”

This exhibit will be on display from December through February.

Resources

Virtual Visit

Museum school room

Read about Lebanon Township's historic school districts, some of the remarkable residents who have lived here, current research into our connection with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and much more . . . all while getting a sneak peek of exhibits, past and present.

You might be surprised at all our local museum has to offer via this virtual visit!

Shop Local & Support the Museum!

A variety of Lebanon Township pottery pieces, keepsake ornaments and canvas tote bags are available for sale at the museum and online. Proceeds support the 501c3 non-profit Squiers Point Historians in their mission of local historic preservation, which include funding the 2018 addition to the Museum as well as the Carriage Shed Museum Annex. Please visit Squiers Point Historians of Lebanon Township.

Picture of items for sale by Squires Point Historians

Historians Committee

Museum News

Hunterdon County's Best Museum poster

We did it!

Thank you so much for the votes, notes and words of encouragement -- results have been tabulated and we've been chosen as the BEST MUSEUM IN HUNTERDON COUNTY!

If you haven't stopped in recently to see why, come in for a visit!

Music Video

Image of school teacher and school kids from long ago

Before child labor laws were enacted, it wasn’t uncommon for rural children, particularly boys, to miss school during busy times on the farm. However, some children in Lebanon Township worked other jobs to help support their farming families.

Nationally, women and children made up the majority of the American textile mill workforce in the early 1900s. This photograph of the Hopatcong Worsted Mill in Changewater from that time period shows that this fact was true locally as well.

World Music children’s performer Daria has a new album, “Come From a Coal Town,” that includes songs that uncover stories of poverty and prejudice from her own family’s history as well as conditions in mines and in coal towns, like those where they worked and lived. This includes the use of child labor which is covered on the album in a remake of folk singer Dorsey Dixon’s song, “Babies in the Mill.”

The music video she produced for this song includes an introduction by Lebanon Township Museum Curator, Gina Sampaio, acting as an early 1900s schoolmarm named Miss Sharps (an homage to our New Hampton school house’s last teacher, Miss Mary Sharps).