Historic manor in N.J. closed for soot removal

Posted: February 04, 2012

RINGWOOD, N.J. - State officials are closing Ringwood Manor, the historic museum in the heart of Ringwood State Park in Passaic County, for the winter after a furnace misfired and left a layer of soot covering priceless artifacts.

The Department of Environmental Protection said it would work with historical conservators to ensure thorough cleaning of the interior of the manor and its contents. The furnace misfired last month, pushing soot through parts of the first and second floors, according to the DEP.

The museum was home to well-known ironmasters for nearly 200 years and is part of a National Historic Landmark District. It served an important role during the American Revolution as a supply center and strategic headquarters for George Washington's mapping operations. - AP

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