BRANCHVILLE — The borough historical society is inviting residents to learn about Branchville’s most recent anniversary celebration and get involved with planning for next year’s bicentennial at its annual meeting later this month.


The group will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Branchville Municipal Building on Wantage Avenue. After the election of officers and other normal business, members and guests will be treated to a film chronicling the 1996 event commemorating the 175th anniversary of the borough’s founding.


Prior to the meeting, the Branchville Museum will be open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m.


According to Lorie Laux, secretary of the Branchville Borough Historical Society, the movie is roughly 30 to 45 minutes long and includes clips leading up to the 1996 celebration as well as footage of the parade and interviews with residents. Laux and other society members are hopeful that the meeting will pique local interest in the 200th anniversary celebration, which is set for Aug. 27-29, 2021.


While planning for the bicentennial is still in the early stages, Laux said some expected features include a finale of fireworks and large-scale services in the park from the area’s three churches: the United Methodist Church, the First Presbyterian Church and Our Lady Queen of Peace. The Branchville Fire Department is expected to organize the parade and will invite other departments around the county to participate.


For more information on the historical society meeting or the upcoming bicentennial, contact Lorie Laux at 973-670-7798 or ljlaux59@gmail.com.