Historic Districts

Mendham Township Historic Districts Map

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Brookside Historic District

This quiet residential area was once an industrial center, teeming with sawmills, grist mills, forges, blacksmithing shops and woolen factories. While these structures are gone, many historic houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries remain, along with the public meeting places of the Community Club, once the neighborhood schoolhouse, and the Brookside Chapel.

Japeth Chidester House
Brookside General Store

Combs Hollow Historic District

Water resources from the river and ponds in this area made milling, mining and farming possible.  Few of the early simple homes of the owners, workers and their families remain. Of the structures in which they worked there are only traces of stone foundations, mill races and dams.

Ralston Historic District

Once the territory of the Leni Lenape Native Americans, Ralston became the core of early European settlement in Mendham. It flourished from the farms and grist, saw and textile mills that produced goods and materials for self-sufficiency and trade with other communities. Many historic houses can be found along the main road and routes along the Raritan River. Preservation efforts saved the Nesbitt Grist Mill, which had been later converted for Apple Jack and cider production, and is now the Cider Mill Museum.

Ralston Cider Mill
Leddell House in Tempe Wick

Tempe Wick/Washington Corners Historic District

The Tempe Wick/Washington Corners area retains much of its wooded rural quality with cultivated landscaping and large-lot residential development. It contains crucial wetlands from the Raritan, Whippany and Passaic Rivers. Tempe Wick Road was an early travel route across southern Morris County. Historic structures from the 18th and 19th century include the Leddel House and Washington Corners Schoolhouse.

Washington Valley Historic District

Washington Valley was principally farming and residential, with no commercial buildings aside from blacksmithing and carpentry shops located on the owners’ properties. The valley and hilltop views show sweeping areas of woods and fields.

Loree House in Washington Valley

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