The Woodbridge
History Museum

Since 1984, the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township has pursued its mission “to establish a historical museum for the purpose of collecting, archiving, and displaying artifacts to preserve the past for future generations.”

When the property at 86 Green Street became available and the Township purchased it for use as a museum, the site was the perfect combination of a beautiful Victorian home in which to showcase local history and a centralized location on one of Woodbridge Township's most historic streets.

The Association is pleased to have entered into a long-term lease agreement with the Township of Woodbridge to occupy the building and finally realize its vision of maintaining a museum of local history. 

Right: This room will be used for rotating exhibits. Our first will be about the owners of the house and their connections with key aspects of Woodbridge Township history.

86 Green Street is an ideal location for a museum dedicated to Township history since its owners were involved in key aspects of its development. The c.1870 owner, for example, was Charles A. Campbell, who operated a clay mining company, was a patent-holder for a railroad signal invention, served in various public offices, and was on the committee that built School No. 1. The next owner, Frederick F. Anness, was a fire-brick manufacturer who donated materials to build the Iselin fire house, was made an honorary member of Woodbridge Fire Company No. 1, ran Township food drives during World War I, and was active in civic and fraternal organizations. Next came Hugh W. Kelly, a newspaper publisher and owner of the United Railroad Signal Corp. in Port Reading.

Left: This room will be interpreted as an 1850s parlor from the first owner, Charles A. Campbell.

Latest Developments!

It was a fine day for the ribbon-cutting ceremony as Woodbridge Township turned over the newly renovated house to the Association on October 28, 2023. Now comes the mission of establishing the museum and we have a lovely "blank canvas" to work with!