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Millhurst Mills Wins Monmouth County Historical Commission Preservation Award

Millhurst Mills owner, Bernard Hochberg, has preserved the mill and restored the mill to its original color.

The winners of the 2012 Preservation Awards have been announced by the Monmouth County Historical Commission. Owners of the historical buildings which have undergone recent renovations and preservation projects were given awards.

Private residences, business buildings and public places all won awards, and Millhurst Mills of Manalapan was one of them.  The preservation awards are given out every year to recognize the people who took the time and effort to preserve a portion of Monmouth County history.

"The mills that once dotted Monmouth County’s agricultural landscape are either gone or have been adaptively used," a press release issued by the the Monmouth County Department of Public Information said. "Bernard Hochberg preserved Millhurst Mills, Manalapan, while planning its new use. Returning the mill to its original exterior color and retaining interior work are features of his project."

Other historical buildings that won Preservation awards include the Van Pelt House in Matawan and The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank.

“Monmouth County has an amazing collection of historic buildings,” Randall Gabrielan, executive director of the Historical Commission, said. “These include places to live, places to worship and places of public accommodation. Keeping these structures that give our county special character is more than ownership; it is a distinctive calling and mission."

“We speak regularly of Monmouth County as a historic county,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Historical Commission, said. “Monmouth County is historic not only for what happened here, but for the efforts of those who preserve its buildings to ensure that they will be here for future generations. Preserving these sentinels of the past takes more than interest in history; it takes personal dedication, hard work and financial commitment by these current guardians of our shared heritage.”

Ish Kabiblell June 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
It's great to see a historic building owner restoring their building rather than knock it down for a new strip mall or gas station. Unfortunately time and the elements take their toll and once a building is too far gone, it may be beyond rehabbing. Congratulations on your award and thank you for preserving this old mill so we all can enjoy it, It is a delight to drive by and I took a few photos of it after leaving the hardware store a few days ago. And the colour is beautiful!
YVETTE EDWARDS SIMMONS February 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
MY NAME IS YVETTE EDWARDS SIM MONS AND I GREW UP IN MILLHURST.MY GRANDPARENTS HOUSE IS ON SWEETMANS LANE AND OAKLAND MILLS ROAD. MY GRANDFATHER HARRY FLOOD WHOSE NICKNAME AT THE MILL WAS "HAPPY"" WORKED AT MILLHURST MILLS FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. FROM THE TIME I WAS 5 YEARS OLD EVERYDAY DURING THE SUMMER I WOULD WALK DOWN THE LANE TO MILLHURST MILLS TO MEET MY GRANDFATHER FOR LUNCH. I WOULD GO TO THE SIDE DOOR ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BUILDING AND GO INSIDE AND WAIT FOR MY GRANDFATHER TO COME AND PUNCH OUT HIS TIME CARD FOR LUNCH WHICH HE ALWAYS LET ME DO. I LOVE THE AROMA OF THE FRESH CUT WOOD. I LOVE PLAYING IN THE SAWDUST. SOMETIMES DURING LUNCH MY GRANDFATHER AND SOME OF THE OTHER GUYS WHO WORKED AT THE MILL WOULD GO FISHING IN THE LAKE. AND I MUST SAY CAUGHT SOME PRETTY NICE SIZE FISH. I HAVE SUCH HAPPY AND SPECIAL MEMORIES OF MILLHURST AND MILLHURST MILLS I HAD THE BEST CHILDHOOD EVER. MY GRANDPARENTS HARRY AND CATHERINE FLOOD HAS SINCE PASSED ON, MY UNCLE RAYMOND SPRADLEY AND HIS WIFE BELINDA STILL LIVE IN MY GRANDPARENTS HOME . CONGRATULATIONS MR. HOCHBERG ON YOUR AWARD AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR PRESERVING MILLHURST MILLS AND FOR PRESERVING MY WONDERFUL ,WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

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