502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
Tel: 973.989.7100Fax: 973.989.7076

About Randolph

Historical Society

Formed in 1979, the Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) is a non-profit organization created to promote and preserve the unique heritage of Randolph Township. It meets each month to plan activities, discuss projects, and share stories about Randolph’s past.

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The Randolph Museum

Due to the Covid-19 alert, the Randolph Museum and all related Historical Society of Old Randolph programs and events are cancelled until further notice.

The Randolph Museum
The Randolph Museum, located on Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park

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Along with the Randolph Township Landmarks Committee, the HSOR oversees the Randolph Museum, formerly known as the Museum of Old Randolph. Artifacts from life in and around Randolph are exhibited in displays that include an old-fashioned schoolroom, home life, local industry, farming, and the Mt. Freedom resort industry. Visitors can gain insight into the industries that brought the area from colonial times to the present.

Opened in 1988, the museum had been housed in a two-family summer cottage that was one of Randolph’s forty-five bungalow colonies. These colonies were popular summer vacation destinations during the township’s resort era that began as early as 1905 and lasted through the 1960s.

Sherman Acres was one of over 45 bungalow colonies that thrived in Randolph during the resort era (approximately 1930s-1960s). View a video depicting the colony in the late 1950s and early 1960s as provided by Ellen Starker-Minicucci. The video, taken in the mid-1980s by Bruce Bertrand, son of former Randolph Township clerk Randolph Fran Bertrand, is juxtaposed with video footage taken of the bungalow colony remains.

In late summer of 2005, the museum completed its move to the Brundage House, a circa 1867 building at the gateway to Freedom Park. The museum’s new location was made possible when the 2004 Town Council granted permission for the Randolph Museum to occupy the entire ground floor. View a 1-page history  in PDF format about the house and the families who lived there.

The Randolph Museum is closed for the winter months and will re-open in early April. At that time, the museum is generally open every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through late October (including Mother’s Day). Individuals or groups seeking a guided tour during the winter months may .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or call 973.989.7095 and leave a message.

Take a video tour through the Randolph Museum
courtesy of the Randolph Reporter.

Historical Society of Old Randolph 2020 Calendar

  • Sunday, April 5
    Randolph Museum opens for the season
    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12
    Museum closed for Easter
  • Monday, April 20
    Randolph Reminisces
    7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum
  • Sunday, May 24
    Museum closed for Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 15
    Randolph Reminisces
    7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum
  • Sunday, July 5
    Museum closed for Fourth of July
  • Sunday, August 16
    Peach Festival
    Randolph Museum
  • Monday, August 17
    Randolph Reminisces
    7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum
  • Sunday, September 6
    Museum closed for Labor Day
  • Monday, October 19
    Randolph Reminisces
    7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum
  • Sunday, October 25
    Last Sunday opening of the season until spring 2021.
  • Saturday, December 5
    13th Annual Holiday Open House
    From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Randolph Museum

Join the Historical Society

Your membership assists the HSOR in providing programs and services for the community. You will receive invitations and updates for guest speaker presentations, workshops, seminars, and the annual township tour.

Annual dues are as follows:

  • $15 for an Individual membership
  • $25 for a family membership
  • $10 for seniors (age 65+)
  • $100 for a sustaining membership
  • $500 for a lifetime membership

For your convenience, we have made the membership application  available online.


There are many ways that you can help the HSOR preserve history and bring programs to our town. E-mail them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or visit their Facebook page.

2020 Board Members
Board MemberPosition
Gail M. HariPresident
Celeste StraccoVice President
Janet LoreyRecording Secretary
Anne FiechterTreasurer
Carol FerrariTrustee
Evelyn HammarenTrustee
Thelma SellmannTrustee

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact us at 973.989.7095 or via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).