The Historical Society of Scotch Plains/Fanwood is sponsoring a fundraising campaign to help the Osborn Cannonball House Museum, located in downtown Scotch Plains, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The “Cannonball House,” named by locals after a cannon misfired and hit the building during The Battle of The Short Hills in Scotch Plains in June 1777, has been open to the public as a teaching museum since 1972.
The building, an 18th century Georgian style home, was built c. 1760, and was home to many noteworthy Scotch Plains families. Jonathan Osborn, who is credited with building the house and who raised 13 children there, was a prominent Scotch Plains citizen who was an innkeeper, tailor and farmer. His Son, David, was a Captain in the NJ Militia and the area’s first Clerk and Postmaster. It is also documented that two of Jonathan’s sons fought in the Revolutionary War. The Museum is one of the oldest and a unique structure in downtown Scotch Plains.
The Historical Society of Scotch Plains/Fanwood is pursuing the listing of the museum on the NJ State and National Registries of Historic Places. Inclusion on the Registry of Historic Places, while an honor for a property in itself, also provides opportunities for grants to procure funds which are necessary for the continued maintenance of the building to protect it for future generations. A successful nomination to the Registry of Historic Places signifies that a property is an important part of America’s cultural heritage and worthy of preservation. Nomination is a lengthy process which requires documentation prepared by a professional.
Leave your mark on history and help us preserve the legacy of the Cannonball House. Please send your donations to the campaign to have the Cannonball House listed on the NJ State and National Registries to The Historical Society of Scotch Plains/Fanwood, P. O Box 261, 1840 Front Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Checks should be made out to “The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood”. For further information call (908) 322-6700, Ext 230 or email Info@historicalsocietyspfnj.org.
The Cannonball House Museum is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month (except Jan. & Feb.) from 2-4 p.m. with tours by costumed historical interpreters. It is also open for special events, school tours and group tours by appointment.