Cannon balls whizzing through the air; headless horsemen running wild in the field. This is the history of Scotch Plains and the Battle of Short Hills, which took place in this town in June of 1777. To preserve the history and historical structures, the citizens of Scotch Plains formed the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood 40 years ago with the centerpiece Osborn Cannonball House Museum.

Here are preserved artifacts of the past 4 centuries of this town and the town’s unique and stirring history.  The museum is surrounded by an award-winning garden featured in Gardens of New Jersey. Our collections of clothing have been featured in Kean Museum regarding high couture in New Jersey.  Every year hundreds of students pass through the museum and learn first hand the history of Fanwood-Scotch Plains.

We the Historical Society need members to keep alive these treasures and expand our horizons.  We welcome new members.  Our dues are low, our enthusiasm high.  We provide historical lectures throughout the year to the community; many focused on New Jersey and this area, from railroads, to genealogy, food, and silversmithing.

Please consider joining as a member or donate to allow us to continue our service to the schools and community.  We are a non-profit, tax-deductible organization.  Thank you!

Please download and fill out the form below (PDF) and submit it with your check made payable to: The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood

George Pierson, Membership Chairman

The Historical Society Of Scotch Plains and Fanwood NJ Membership FormPDF File