The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society

News and Events

The Society hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year, all free to the public.  Our annual Local History Day is held annually at the Metuchen Library, and smaller neighborhood history days in Edison whenever possible.  In addition, we host walking and cemetery tours, field trips, and invite speakers to present on a wide range of history topics.


Previous Programs

100th Anniversary of the Nixon Nitration Works Disaster Saturday March 2, 2024 12:00pm-4:00pm 

Remarks and Reading of the Names at 1:00pm 

Cypress Brewing Company, 30 Nixon Lane, 1E, Edison NJ 08817  Site of the 1924 Explosion

Annual Meeting January 2024

Saturday January 13, 2024 at 1:00pm

Edison First Aid Squad # 2, 

848 New Dover Road

Edison, NJ 08820

Ralph Heiss will present a program about the Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey.

Constructed as the Easton and Amboy Railroad, opened by 1875, the Lehigh Valley Railroad was instrumental in developing commerce and communities of central New Jersey.  The presentation will be preceded by a brief business meeting serving as the Society’s Annual Meeting with the election of officers and a kickoff of the 50th Anniversary of the Society’s founding.  Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided.  Copies of Heiss’ book will be available for sale.

Local History Day 2024

Sunday February 18, 2024

1pm-4pm Metuchen Public Library

480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen

Northeast Corridor Program from 2021

Click HERE to view the video of the program


Local History Day 2020

MEHS Summer 2019 Field Trip to the Drake House in Plainfield. August 25, 2019.


Our April 7, 2018 program on the History of North Edison was a great success.  We had 107 people attend, and it was broadcast on Edison Cable TV.

***Society releases new postcard book about Metuchen & Edison.  Our first full color book!   Greetings from Metuchen & Edison

Click here for order form.

***Previous Events and News

Secrets of the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground, presented by Michael Gall and Walter Stochel, Saturday May 9, 2015 at 2pm, St. James Church, 2136 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison


In November 2014 the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society began a survey and study of the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground. The cemetery was established in the1690s and over the years there have been various recordings of the graves, but none since 1978.  Using GPS technology, every grave existing in 2014 has been recorded and mapped. In addition, the various lists of graves have been combined into one database that will be placed on the MEHS website and a list of Veteran burials has been created.  This program will shed new light on who is buried there, the history of the burial ground, and how to use the new maps and lists to find graves.  Afterward, a walking tour of the cemetery will be conducted.  For more information contact: Walter R. Stochel Jr. 732-906-0529  Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey Historical Commission a division of Dept. of State.

Images of the event below:

Middlesex Country History Fair, Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10am to 4pm - FREE

The Society will be participating in the Middlesex Country Cultural & Heritage Commission’s History Fair at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village located in Johnson Park in Piscataway. This event will feature a variety of living history demonstrations including blacksmithing, furniture making, chair caning, decorative arts, and more.

 Our table at the Fair.

Rev. War reinactors visit our table.

NEWS: Society wins special award at the Metuchen Country Fair on October 18, 2014 with its "At the Movies" booth.

NEWS:  Short Hills Battlefield listed on the National Register 5-9-2014!!  Click here for details.

NEWS:  Nannygoats the First Decade now available!  Click here for details.

NEWS:  Edison Tower Restoration Continues.  Completion early 2015 (Photo:  November 2013)

NEWS:  South Edison History Day a Success.  More than 50 people attended South Edison History Day on June 8, 2013.  MEHS displayed items from our collections, and did a 40 minute presentation on the history of that part of the community.

 NEWS:  Edison Tower Restoration begins. 10/14/12

A new scaffold is being installed for the restoration work.

NEWS:  EXIT 10 by Tom Cheche now available see our MEHS History Store item # 24. Click Here

NEWS:  Society Website now has 16 Oral History Transcripts available on line at our "From the Archives" section of the Website.  Memories of Metuchen & Edison from the 1880s to the 1990's. Click Here

Society President Fred Wolke welcomes author Bill Bowman to our October 2010 meeting.  Bill did a talk about a 1980's murder in Metuchen, and the book he wrote called Murderer of the Year.


  Contact Walter Stochel :

Short Hills Battlefield Report

Short Hills Battlefield Map

Architectural Walking Tour of Metuchen


The Society gets a major grant, click here for more information.