Nutley Historical Society and Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

Mark Your Calendar

November 12 to December 3: The World of H.C. Bunner: Changing the Tastes of America From New York to Nutley

December 7: Annual Christmas Party

See event details below

THE WORLD OF H.C. Bunner, Nutley Historical Society,Nutley, NJ

Opening Reception
Noon to 4 p.m., Nov 12, 2017
Nutley Museum

The World of H.C. Bunner:
Changing the Tastes of America,
from New York to Nutley

Nov. 12, 2017 to Dec. 3, 2017

Nutley Historical Societey Fall Pumpkin Festival - Oct. 15, 2017

Fall Pumpkin Festival

October 15, 2017

Children can paint a pumpkin and everyone can enjoy some light refreshments.

Please allow some time to visit our newly renovated museum filled with wonderful pieces of Nutley's history.

Family and friends are welcome.

Admission is free.

Nutley High School Key Club students @ Nutley Historical Society, pumpkin festival.

The Nutley Historical Society thanks the Nutley High School Key Club students who wonderfully volunteered to help with our Pumpkin Festival.

Christmas Party

7 P.M., December 7, 2017

Events held at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, unless otherwise noted.

Grace Episcopal Church - Nutley Historical Society

LOST AND FOUND: Beautiful Buildings
That Once Graced Nutley

Lost and Found: Beautiful Buildings That Once Graced Nutley” curated by Art Director Barry Lenson of the Nutley Historical Society. It was on view at the library July-September 2014, as part of the Nutley

Students Tour Nutley Museum

Washington School fourth grade students recently toured Nutley Museum, Franklin Reformed Church and Cemetery

Little Willie - Franklin Reformed Church Cemetery, Nutley, NJ by Michael Gabriele

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Ice Cream for History

June 1, 2017

The Nutley Historical Society is hosting its Annual Ice Cream for History night and museum tour at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J.

The Society is especially happy to welcome children to the museum along with their parents who will enjoy Nutley's rich history.

Ice cream is 'free' and all welcome to tour the Nutley Museum on the 2nd floor.

Join the Nutley Historical Society now

Now is a great time to join or renew your Nutley Historical Society membership

Thanks to all our members who supported the Nutley Historical Society’s Events and Activities. Here is a recap of what your membership dues helped to support in 2016.

• Ongoing open houses and Museum events.  Our Museum continued to hold open houses for yearly events that included the Summer Ice Cream Social, the Fall Pumpkin Painting Festival, and the Christmas Holiday Open House with live music and refreshments.

• Tours of the Nutley parks. Museum Director John Simko continued to conduct “Walk in the Park” tours that explained our parks’ rich history – the creation of the Memorial Park to honor veterans of World War II, the locations of textile mills and other fascinating facts about our town.

• Special exhibitions outside the Museum. In the last year, the Historical Society has continued to present well-received lectures and special exhibitions at the Nutley Public Library.

• Art competition. Three members of our Board joined Nutley educators in a competition in which 18 Nutley students submitted designs for a new mural that will be installed in the Walker Middle School this year.

• Museum scholarships. Three scholarships were awarded to graduating Nutley High School students who applied and submitted essays about Nutley’s history.

Join/renew membership in the Nutley Historical Society

If you are interested in volunteering to be on one of our committees or for any additional information or to schedule a museum tour please call 973-667-1528.

Member Benefit

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

Call Kerry Flynn, caretaker, to rent the hall, 973-667-1528

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Museum tours available upon request

The Ann A. Troy Gallery-Nutley Museum is open four times a year, and tours are available on request.

For school groups and private museum tours, please contact

Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270

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Nutley Historical Society General Membership Meeting & Election of Board Members held May 17, 2017

NUTLEY Yesterday - Today - Ann Troy & Vivian Noyes Fikus

Where all great study of Nutley history begins

Hardcover keepsake copies are available at the Nutley Museum

NUTLEY Yesterday - Today, edited by Ann A. Troy

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Sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived in Nutley, N.J. 1894

Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Lived in Nutley, New Jersey Public Library Centennial Celebration.

John Simko reveals Nutley history along the Yountakah River.

A Walk in the Park: Historic Nutley Walking Tour at Memorial Park with John Simko

May 28, 2017

More than two dozen locals brushed up Nutley history with “A Walk in the Park,” hosted by Nutley Museum Director, John Simko.

The walking tour stepped off on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland Avenues) and traveled along the Third River. 

Mr. Simko talked about the river’s role in Nutley history as a source for early industry, as an inspiration for world-class artists, as a symbol of civic pride, as an important boundary marker, and as a fitting memorial to our war veterans.

The tour visited the sites of three former mills as well as the pre-Revolutionary Van Giesen homestead. Those on the tour learned why the Third River splits in two, about the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walked through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries. 

The tour concluded inside an 1875 brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum). The museum was open for browsing, and tour-related museum objects were on display. 

The real story of the Vreeland Manor is just one stop on the historic tour of Nutley led by NHS trustee John Simko. See Nutley Videos at right.

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Help us to tell the full story

US Army 'Camp Nutley' aka Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion

98th AAA Air Defense Battalion @ Nutley Museum

Did you, or someone you know anyone who served in Nutley at Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion from 1952 to 1957?

The Nutley History Society is seeking former members and artifacts of this chunk of Nutley history in protecting the free world.

Share your story and preserve our history by sharing your tales of serving at the camp. Please call us at 973-667-1528 and leave your contact information.

The camp was located on the south side of Park Avenue near Route 21 where the ball fields, tennis courts and hockey rink stand today. Its four 90 MM radar controlled guns were assigned to defend the George Washington Bridge, just 11 miles away, from Soviet bomber attack.

AA shirt donated to the Nutley Museum by current Nutley resident and former Camp Clerk Thomas Mahon.

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Camp Nutley
Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Discussion and Video Debut

April 19, 2017

Nutley Historical Society encore discussion and new video detailing the History of US Army "Camp Nutley," officially known as Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion. From 1952 to 1957, the camp was located on the south side of Park Avenue.

Read all about Camp Nutley and see the video: Camp Nutley, Battery A, 98th AAA Gun Battalion: I Was There

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50 Years of Nutley Wrestling History - May 17, 2017

Guest speakers included Anthony Bowens AKA "Vigilante" who wrestled his first match on April 13, 2013, in his hometown of Nutley and who later went on to win his first title on April 12, 2014, Sal Scarpa, brother of Joe AKA Chief Jay Strongbow, who brought lots of memorabilia. 

Nutley wrestling coach Mike DiPiano, and former Nutley coach Carmen LoRe who resides in Nutley and was a member of the original "club" wrestling team at Nutley High School (1961) the first varsity wrestling team (1962) and head coach for the NHS wrestling team (1994 to 2007) and won more than 100 matches.

See Nutley Wrestling History event photos and More

Meet Chief Jay Strongbow

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Nutley High School Performing Arts Presents Annie Get Your Gun

Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ—Nutley High School Performing Arts presented three performances of Annie Get Your Gun at Nutley High School in March 2017. Read the full story of the Nutley musical here

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Our trustees and docents continue to itemize, catalog and preserve as much Nutley history as we can.

If you have an item tied to our town's history, please consider donating it to the Nutley Museum.

Give us a call 973-667-1528, or email us to get together.

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Old Military Hall

Nutley Historical Society Old Military Hall, Nutley, NJ

OLD MILITARY HALL, has a divergent past filled with carousing as well has electioneering and troop drilling. First opened as a church called the Blue Meeting Hall, the building has also served as a dance hall, school, hotel, tax collector's office, roller skating rink, toting ball and meeting place.

Read More about Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J.

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Vreeland Homestead

The Vreeland House recently changed hands in May 2012, when the Junior Woman's Club of Nutley turned over the property to the township of Nutley, N.J. The town placed oversight of the 200-plus year-old house in the hands of the Nutley Historical Society.

Read about the Vreeland Homestead

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Eaton Stone Circus tent photo of display at Nutley Museum - by Anthony Buccino

Nutley Amateur Circus

March 26, 2016

Nutley Museum Director John Simko looks back at the Nutley Amateur Circus, a colorful fundraiser to help those in need more than 100 years ago. Although this event took place in 1894, it has inspired a local mural competition unveiled in 2016 and will be installed at John Walker Middle School.

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Benefits of Nutley Historical Society Membership

As a member, you and your family are welcome to participate in any or all of our upcoming events. Nutley Historical Society members have the benefit of renting our meeting room at the museum at a reduced rate.

When you join or renew your membership, the Nutley Historical Society will be able to continue and expand our work to bring you interesting, informational and fun programs throughout the year. By making our history available and known to those who visit the museum, we continue to move forward by knowing about and appreciating our past. We can only accomplish this with your help.

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Nutley Historical Society

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to serve the educational, cultural and historical needs of our community.

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J.

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Allegri Ice Company

Camp Nutley Army Base

Celebrating Guthrie's Ice Cream

Meet Chief Jay Strongbow

Nutley Town Hall History

Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J.

U.S. Presidents Visit Nutley

The Enclosure Artists Colony

When Nutley Was a Golfer's Heaven

When Nutley Was a Quarry Town

Courtesy of Nutley Neighbors, a community magazine serving the residents of Nutley, N.J, and as noted

Nutley Waterworks- the Mudhole Nutley Historical Society

Nutley Videos

Nutley Historical Society

John Simko, Museum Director

Walk In the Park


Nutley Public Library

Walk in the Park 4:32


Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park 4:23

Walk in the Park :57

Schools 1:01

Schools 1:51

Womens Club 6:24

Womens Club 1:21

Womens Club Interior 1 1:26

Womens Club Interior 2 1:55



John Simko at the Mud Hole (2012)

Historical Society Supports Performing Arts' Annie Get Your Gun

Camp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe

'New Jersey Folk Revival Music - History and Tradition'

NHS receives $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

NHS Board Member, Annie Oakley Expert Nancy Gruelich

Camp Nutley

Vreeland Homestead

Know Your Town

Church Street School

Living in Nutley (view the slide show)

Annie Oakley's Home, Rich in History

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

Call Kerry Flynn, caretaker, to rent the hall, 973-667-1528


Seating for up to 70 people. Handicap accessible

Approximate opposing views of historic first floor hall (Annual Christmas Party)

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

More information on the Nutley Museum, and meeting room rental with photos.

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Hold Harmless Agreement

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For school groups and private museum tours, please contact

Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270

Know Your Town, Nutley: Early History

By Jesse K. Bartel

The natural wilderness which was once Nutley was first disturbed by the tread of the Lenape Indians on their eastward migration from the west of the Mississippi...

Continue reading

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Also of Interest in Nutley, N.J.

Kingsland Manor

Van Riper Trust

Nutley Little Theatre

Nutley Historic Preservation Committee

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provided at no cost to Nutley Historical Society,
sponsored by:

Nutley Sons Honor Roll

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