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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Hunt’s Mill and Mulligan Quarry

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management
Capital Level I
Grant Award: $14,429 (2010); $13,309 (2012); $107,400 (2017); $46,656 (2021)
Grant Recipient: Red Mill Museum Village
County: Hunterdon
Municipality: Clinton

The site’s significance centers around two industrial sites, the Hunt’s Mill, an 1810 wood frame structure that was used during its history to process wool, grist, plaster, graphite, energy and water power; and the Mulligan Quarry, whose limestone operation continued for 120 years and included processing buildings and worker housing. Five concerned citizens, known as the “Red Mill Five,” purchased the property in 1960 to save it from deterioration due to neglect. Other buildings, including a schoolhouse and log cabin, were moved to the site after the museum was founded in 1960. The ten-acre site now includes 12 buildings. 

The museum village has strong visitation and is often rented for private events. However, the variety of buildings, the topography and location of original artifacts is challenging to make accessible for persons with physical or other limitations. 

The 2021 Trust grant will help fund exterior repainting, full exterior repointing, and selective interior repointing of the mill building. The 2017 Trust grant helped fund the restoration of the tenant house, a building that is original to the site, constructed for quarry workers and their families.  The restored building will be interpreted as a worker’s family home. The 2012 Trust grant helped fund an accessibility assessment that identified physical, program and policy changes to improve accessibility, and architectural plans that address additional physical barriers. The 2010 grant funded the design, fabrication, and installation of interpretive and directional signage throughout the Red Mill Museum Village. 

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