Welcome to the website of the Califon Historical Society (CHS). Califon is a town and borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  It was officially formed in 1918.  There are 170 structures registered with the national Register of Historic Places.

The CHS was founded to preserve and promote the preservation of Califon's heritage. It is a non-profit organization. There are regular meetings on the third Tuesday of every month.


The Historical Society meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8 pm at the Museum (May-December).  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14th.  New members are always welcome -- just stop by!  To be sent a reminder each month, please email mailto:califonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

The Museum

The CHS has a museum!  It is located in the old railway station building on the corner of Academy St and Railroad Road (map).

Our current display corresponding with the reprint of "The Califon Story" written by Helen Haggerty Geist will be removed at the end of October.  Stop by and see memorabilia, photos and articles related to this beloved book.  Copies of the book are available at the Train Station, Rambos County Store & the Califon Book Shop for $20.00.

The museum will then be open on the first and third Sunday of every month from 2pm-4pm:

May 7 May 21
June 4 June 18
July 2 July 16
August 6 August 20
September 3  September 17
October 1 October 15

 November 5   November 19

 December 3   December 10    

For latest news and information, please see the "News" page.

The Trains in Califon

The train started running to Califon in 1875. Though the Central Railroad of New Jersey built both a wooden freight station and passenger station, the citizenry of Califon replaced it at their own expense with this stone structure.

The Califon Historical Society has made the railway station our home and town museum. It is located next to the bicycle and walking trail, and is open on the first and third Sunday of each month, May through September.

The Califon Railway Station, c. 1940.