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Indian Mills Historical Society (IMHS) is dedicated to the education, history and preservation of historical structures and culturally significant aspects of Indian Mills, New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

Keep up on whats happening at IMHS:

  • THE MEETING FOR APRIL 20, 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS. THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING IS NOW May 18, 2020.
  • We will be starting the renovation of the “Jennings House” on Oakshade Road in earnest during 2020 and hope all members can “turn out to help out”. See the proposed Jennings House Sign
  • The League of Historical Societies of NJ has several events on the schedule for February through March 2020. Click here for a listing of LHSNJ events.
  • IMHS completed another successful road cleanup on October 12, 2019. See pictures from the day here.
  • We have archived new presentations from our October and November meetings. Click here to see the recording.
  • Our membership is growing! We have several new lifetime and family members. Check out the membership page here.

Why is this region so pivotal in New Jersey’s History?

Indian Mills, in Shamong NJ, was the site of the first Indian Reservation, known as Brotherton, from 1758-1801. In fact, the name Shamong, is an Indian name that means place of the horn referring to the abundance of deer that supplied food and clothing for the Native Americans that first settled there. Later milling operations were run from there, hence the name. Indian Mills was a leader in the production of iron for the industrial age given the abundance of “bog iron” in the region; and, it continues to this day to be a strong farming community supplying cranberries and blueberries for the world’s consumption. Read all about our rich history here.

Who is IMHS?

IMHS was founded in 1973 by local residents of Shamong Township. Many founding members were descendants of residents of Indian Mills and the surrounding area for generations. Over the last 46 years, the IMHS has grown in membership and now includes a diverse cross-section of the local population. Click on the Membership Tab to join the growing community. Click here to see the historic building that IMHS purchased to become our new home.

Mission Statement:
The Indian Mills Historical Society’s mission is to restore local historical sites and educate the public on the many historical people, places and events of the area.