Mueller Atlas of 1910: The Mendhams (photo blog)

by Anne Motto, Curator of Collections
July 11, 2023

In 1910, an atlas with the very catchy name of Atlas of Part of Morris Co., N.J. Embracing the Town of Morristown, The Boroughs of Madison, Florham Park, Chatham and Mendham, Morris Township and Parts of Chatham, Hanover, Mendham, and Passaic Townships was published by A.H. Mueller. Generally simply known as “The Mueller Atlas,” it was the third of Morris County, preceded by the Beers Atlas of 1868 and Robinson Atlas of 1887. It documents in great detail the location and footprints of local businesses, residences, and their outbuildings (including the many Gilded Age estates that dotted the landscape), providing a fascinating birds-eye view of Southeastern Morris County during the early 20th century. As the second in a series, this blog explores two plates in the atlas: Mendham Township and Mendham Borough.

To explore Morristown in the atlas: Mueller Atlas of 1910: Morristown
To explore Hanover in the atlas: Mueller Atlas of 1910: Hanover
To explore local Gilded Age estates in the atlas: Mueller Atlas of 1910: Gilded Age Estates Part 1 and Part 2

Plate 24: Mendham Township (the western portion of the township is largely not included in the atlas)

 

Plate 24: The 19th-Century Brookside Post Office still stands on what is today Main Street (top left of intersection – the map is not oriented North to South)

 

Plate 24: Pitney Farm

 

Plate 24: Washington Corners

 

Plate 25: Mendham Borough (a small section of the township is included in the bottom left)

 

Plate 25: Union School, which still stands, can be seen at the intersection.

 

Plate 25: Images 3-5 come from the large scale plan of downtown.

 

Plate 25: J. Smith Gunther began as a wheelright before transitioning to a auto garage and dealership as cars replaced carriages on local roads. A large sign from his first business is on permanent display in Acorn Hall’s carriage house.

 

Plate 25: Intersection of Main Street, Mountain Avenue, and what was then Church Street. The Black Horse Inn can be seen at the bottom left of the intersection.

 

Plate 25: Main Street