The formation of the Historical Society was initiated by Ann C. Rafano and Florence Clayton in August 1988. They put together a list of twelve South River residents who they thought would have a strong commitment to the preservation of the history of South River. The Society was incorporated on October 3, 1988 and the original trustees were: Ann C. Rafano, Robert C. Rafano, Florence Clayton, Llewellyn Clayton, Woodis Booraem, Warren Booraem, Doris Booraem, Elizabeth Chando, Kathryn Paprota, William Reichenbach, Audrey Scheidig, and Mary Weis.
The Society's projects have included the purchase of two oil paintings of "The Willett Sisters of South River", and the placement of the Old School Baptist Church, located on Main Street, on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places (November 19, 1991) and on the National Register of Historic Places (January 7, 1992). The Church is currently in use as a Museum and meeting place.
The membership of the Society is composed of residents of South River and others who share an interest in preserving South River's past for future generations. Members include individuals, families, students, businesses, and honorary and life members.
[Excerpted and revised from Commemorative Book In Celebration of South River's 275th Anniversary, 1720-1995]
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South River Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 446
South River, NJ 08882
732-613-3078 (messages only)