The Friends Meeting House & Cemetery Association owns and maintains the Randolph Friends Meeting House and Quaker Cemetery. The modern era of preservation of this important site began in the early 1970s with the replacement of the 19th century slate roof with a cedar shake roof appropriate to the building. However, by the 1980s it was clear that more extensive structural preservation and restoration of the building was necessary.
Under President Margaret Steneck (1985-2008), the Meeting House was completely stablized, restored and stripped, a new heating system was installed, and the Cemetery markers were repaired. The 2007 Annex project, funded in part by a grant from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, provides one examples of this work. Complete descriptions of projects undertaken between 1985-2008 will be added to this site at a later date.
Starting in 2019 with a new Preservation Plan, the Association began a second round of preservation with the goals of:
- Asbestos removal, new roof, siding repair and overall exterior treatment;
- Improved parking and access to both the Meeting House and Cemetery;
- Interior preservation and changes designed to enhance visitor experience, including improved signage and lighting;
- Survey and refurbish the cemetery, restoring its 18th century landscape;
- Expand the Annex to provide additional meeting, display and storage space as well as updated, accessible facilities
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