When the Iurato family moved to Blairstown in 2013, they were surprised to find that the township did not have a museum honoring its founders. New residents did not have a central place where they could learn about the people and businesses that shaped the town’s past, how to be good stewards of Blairstown’s Historic District, and the rural beauty left in their care.
Originally, the family’s intention for the property at 26 Main Street was to rent the first floor space to a business that would complement the Historic District’s businesses, add to the tourism appeal, and increase the overall foot traffic of the area. They were overwhelmed by the amount of people that enthusiastically suggested they establish a museum.
Following eighteen-months of renovations, artifact collecting, historic research, networking with local historians, and establishing a non-profit organization, the Blairstown Museum, located at 26 Main Street, opened to rave reviews. On October 1, 2016, nearly 600-people attended the Grand Opening Celebration. Since then, the Museum has offered hundreds of exhibitions, events, programs, and tours and has received local, state, and federal recognition.
Supported by Friday the 13th Franchise Fans, on September 13, 2019, the Museum opened a second location at 27 Main Street to house a year-round Friday the 13th Exhibition. The Grand Opening Ceremony was attended by Ari Lehman, CJ Graham, Tom McLoughlin, Jason Brooks, Vincente DiSanti, Dave Brown, and hundreds of franchise fans.
The Blairstown Museum continues to operate as an all-volunteer, IRS approved 501(C)(3) public charity.
Today, people from all over the country, and often times even the world, incorporate the Blairstown Museum in their Northwest New Jersey travels.
Learn more about the Blairstown Museum by visiting:
≡ Mission, Vision, and Values
≡ Policies & Governance
≡ Artifact Collection
History Making Timeline
- July 1, 2015
Blairstown Museum Founded
- September 16, 2016
New Jersey Non-Profit Status Approved
- October 1, 2016
Grand Opening Celebration
- December 1, 2016
Established Warren County’s first Letters for Santa Mailbox
- April 22, 2017
Blairstown named NJ’s first Appalachian Trail Community
- May 1, 2017
Established Annual Helen Hall Day
- July 8, 2017
Established Warren County’s first Little Free Library
- August 5, 2017
Established Annual Historic Blairstown Day
- August 24, 2017
Federal IRS 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Status Approved
- October 21, 2017
John Insley Blair inducted into Warren County Hall of Fame
- April 1, 2018
Published “Blair & Co.” with the Museum of American Finance
- April 13, 2018
Hosted Meet & Greet with Actor Ari Lehman
- July 13, 2018
Hosted Meet & Greet with Actor/Stuntman Steve Dash
- July 13, 2018
Hosted Tours with Actress Robbi Morgan Walberg
- December 12, 2018
Jeanette Iurato named Hometown Hero by Rep. Gottheimer
- July 1, 2019
Received 2019 BEST MUSEUM AWARD by Ray Price
- July 12, 2019
Jeanette Iurato named Point of Light recipient
- July 15, 2019
Hosted Princess Doe’s 37th Anniversary Memorial
- September 13, 2019
Opened Year-Round Friday the 13th Exhibit
A Word From Our President
As the Blairstown Museum’s Curator, I can honestly say the Blairstown Museum is more than just a space filled with display cabinets. Within our small footprint history comes alive in the eyes of children who see artifacts from a bygone era; neighbors meet to share their stories and rekindle their connections; newcomers and visitors learn about our history and those before us; local artists and businesses incorporate their items and crafts into our souvenir shops; Friday the 13th is celebrated and franchise fans are respected; and love abounds through our many community-driven programs and events.
Blairstown’s history finally has a home… where everyone is welcome.
President, Board of Trustees
Historian and Museum Curator