Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission

Woodbridge Township, New Jersey

Chartered 1669

Woodbridge in World War I Panel Exhibit Mounted in Iselin

submitted by Monica Ford Eppinger, Director, Woodbridge Public Library
See article on page 10 of The Chronicle, Winter 2019

Remembering Barbara Wyatt -- The Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission remembers Barbara Wyatt who passed away recently and extends its deepest sympathy to her family.  A long-time resident of Woodbridge, Barbara was a pillar in the community.  An ardent educator and civic leader, Barbara was instrumental in preserving history in Woodbridge Township, the oldest chartered township in New Jersey and celebrating its 350th Anniversary this year.

Along with two others, Barbara was instrumental in working to preserve the Woodbridge Library, now the Barron Arts Center, from becoming a Hess gas station and along with other colleagues worked to gain National Register recognition for the Barron Arts Center and the First Presbyterian Church.  A professional at all levels, Barbara will always be respected for her continuous pursuit to preserve Woodbridge’s history while helping to move Woodbridge forward.  She will be sorely missed.
     --Rest in peace Barbara--2019.      Read Barbara Wyatt's full obituary

Make Local History come to Life in Woodbridge

Help to make the Woodbridge History Museum a reality by donating and working for the project.  A letter of introduction to the project is reproduced below.

Download the museum brochure (PDF)

Message from HAWT:

Dear Friends,
The Historical Association of Woodbridge Township has established a project to raise funds to build a historical museum. Woodbridge, the oldest continuing Township in the State of New Jersey was chartered in 1669.  It is past due for residents to create a link to the history of the township as a legacy to our children. It is the committee's hope to preserve yesterday's history for tomorrow's generations.

The new museum will be constructed in Parker Press Park and will meet all codes and requirements. It will consist of a large display area with moveable partitions, a meeting room and artifacts. Township historical items will be on display to see and touch.

All communities within Woodbridge Township will be represented. Organizations, police, firefighters, military, first aid squads and other services could be represented in rotating displays.  It is our intent to present historical programs for school children and the general public. 

The time is now to make this happen. Fundraising for the historical museum will require the help of all of its residents and businesses. If requested, a member of the Museum Committee will be happy to speak to your organization regarding our plans for the museum. To make arrangements for a speaker call 732-634-2832

Send your tax free donations to the HAWT Museum Fund, 6 Baker Street, Iselin, New Jersey 08830. The Historical Association is registered as a 501c3, nonprofit organization.

Let's take pride in the Heritage of Woodbridge Township.

Thank you.  
Sincerely, Audrey LaPenta
Chairperson HAWT Museum Project  

Museum Committee:
Dan D'Arcy, President of HAWT, ex officio
Kathy Jost Keating
Frank LaPenta
Charles and Mary Ann Paul
Councilwoman Brenda Velasco