Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
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Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center
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Our mission is devoted to the collection of artifacts, historic documents, and memorabilia as well as early photographs of our eight villages which are: Belleplain, Clermont, Dennisville, Eldora, Northwest Dennis, Ocean View, South Dennis and South Seaville. The Museum is Handicapped Accessible & A.D.A. Compliant.

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The little old school house is the home of the Dennis Township Museum and History Center. It was built in 1874 on the corner of Petersburg Road and Hall Avenues. The land for this school was purchased from Charles and Sophia (Stites) Ludlam in 1872 for $250. On April 15, 1948 a fire occurred which destroyed the second floor. Later, repairs were made and a new roof was constructed over the first floor. A property swap took place between the Board of Education and the Township Committee in 1951 and a new Consolidated School was constructed on Academy Road. The Old Dennisville School building became the Dennis Township Municipal Hall until 1994 when the new Municipal Complex was completed.

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When the Old School House was vacated, the Township Committee gave permission for the building to be used as a Museum and History Center. Its on-going mission is to build a comprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia that serve to depict the history and life of the eight villages that comprise the township

There were many giant steps in the history of this building which opened its doors to the education of young people in 1874. First as a school house, then in 1952 as the Township's Municipal Hall, and finally upon the completion of the new Municipal Complex it became the Township's Museum and History Center. It is our mission to gather as much of our local history in both word, pictures and artifacts as possible and house them in one place so that the rich history of our Township can be shared with those who recognize and value all that has gone into the making of our Township.

Should anyone like to contribute to the preservation of our history of the eight villages of Dennis Township please contact Ray Rebmann at the Museum at (609) 861-1899. If you have valuable pictures, with your permission we would like to scan them to digitally preserve them and display them in the Museum and it's web site along with your verbal and/or written description.

Dennis Township Old School House Museum & History Center