Welcome to the Westfield Historical Society! Our mission is to preserve, interpret, and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs.
The Westfield Historical Society is based in the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center, located in an 1870s home at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, New Jersey. In 1985, the Reeve brothers donated their house to the town with the hope that it would someday be a permanent home for the Westfield Historical Society. The Reeve House may be toured by appointment - please call us at (908) 654 1794.
The Society also owns the Miller - Cory House Museum located at 614 Mountain Avenue. The circa-1740 Miller-Cory House was acquired in 1971 and is operated as a “living museum”, staffed by Miller-Cory House Museum volunteers. The Museum is open most Sundays from September to June except for holidays. It is also open during the week by appointment only. A listing of Miller-Cory events is available on the Miller - Cory House Museum website.
Both the Reeve House and the Miller-Cory House are registered as national and state historic sites. The Westfield Historical Society also has an extensive collection, stored in our Archives, which is open to the public. The Archives are currently being sorted and organized, and we are looking for volunteers to help. For visiting information please see the bottom of this webpage.
AppleFest IS Westfield!
On October 14th, 2017, we will be celebrating our annual AppleFest, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We look forward to sampling some of the best homemade apple pies in town! Consider entering our Apple Pie Baking Contest! Here are the rules:
Apple Pie Baking Contest Rules
No pre-registration needed and no charge to enter the competition with paid AppleFest entry ($5.00 on the day). Your pie will be donated to the Apple Café and not returned to you but you have a chance to win 1 of 4 fabulous prizes!
Contest is for amateur bakers only! 9-10” disposable pie pans preferred. All pie crusts and fillings must be hand-made and not store bought.
Pies should be room temperature (“ready to eat”) and dropped off at the Pie Competition desk between noon and 1:00pm. Judging starts at 1:00pm! Winners announced at 2:00pm from the front porch of the Reeve House.
When you drop off your pie it will be labeled and you will be asked to indicate your contact information (phone or email) and which categories your pie should be entered into (it is automatically entered into “best overall” but might also qualify for one or more of these):
. Best pie baked by a student (16+)
. Best pie baked by a child (under 16)
. Best “Gluten-free anything apple” (does not have to be a pie – but must contain apples and not contain gluten).
Please e-mail us with any questions you may have.
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