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, June 18th.  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).

EXTRA MUSEUM HOURS IN JULY!  The Museum will be open on Wednesday - Friday, July 5-7th, from 8:00 - 10:00 pm in conjunction with the Califon Firemen's Carnival.  The newest display corresponds with our reprinting of "The Califon Story", originally written by Helen Haggerty Geist.  Stop by on your way to or from the carnival!

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 17      

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.