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.  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).

The Museum will open for the year on Sunday, May 1 from 12pm - 4pm with artifacts on the history of politics in Califon plus postal memorabilia as our current post office turns 50 this year! Special walking tours of Califon are starting at the station at 12pm and 2pm.

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

May 1 May 15
June 5 June 19
July 3 July 17
August 7 August 21
September 4 September 18
October 2 October 16


In addition to Oct. 2 and 16, the Station will be open on Sunday, Oct. 9th in conjection with the Califon Harvest Festival.  Two guided walking tours of historic downtown Califon will be offered at 12:00 and 2:00 pm beginning at the Station.  Questions, call 832-2012.

 Stop by to say hi to our members, check out the displays and our newest merchandise for sale, which includes Califon Pottery, "Califon" wooden whistles, mini train sets in a tin and greeting cards.

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.