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.
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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.
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.
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.
IMHS has collected and received many donated historic artifacts. Some of the items in the collection include arrow heads, documents and photographs, and farming implements. This page highlights some of the prominent pieces in our collection. Text related to the object here.
Have you noticed the green signs as you walk or drive around Indian Mills? These signs were erected by the historical society over 20 years ago to designate our cultural landmarks. Each sign, located on the original historic site, provides a brief summary of…
One of the main activities of IMHS is to document and preserve historical buildings in and around Indian Mills (such as Red Men’s Hall pictured above). We have an incredibly rich history, with this region being the original location of the Brotherton Indian Reservation….