2019 – Pat Butch
Pat Butch’s dedication to preserving historic properties is evident through her leadership on various restoration projects, involvement with numerous preservation societies, and continued volunteerism and service today. In 2000, Butch helped form the non-profit Millstone Township Trailblazers, which worked with local, County, and State governments to identify individual trails for an interconnecting trail system, to be used for walking, jogging, bicycling, and horseback riding. Butch spent three years helping to clear the properties for the horse trails.
In 2011, alongside Millstone Town Historian Joann Kelty and Frank Curcio, Butch helped save components of two barns, slated to be demolished at the Allen House. The materials were used for two new barns at the township’s Baird Homestead. Butch, Kelty, and Curcio then founded the Friends of Millstone Historic Registered Properties (MTHRP) to promote public interest in conservation, knowledge, and understanding of township history.
Butch worked tirelessly and ultimately secured grants to transform the Baird homestead into the Baird Homestead Education Center. Along with preserving original pine plank flooring and moldings, she acquired 400 items from the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture to display at the Center, where she coordinates frequent class trips and Eagle Scout projects. Butch also obtained grants to restore the historic Clarksburg Methodist Church, listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places, after it was slated for demolition and acquired by the township. She also serves on the Monmouth County Agricultural Development Committee, where she assists in the preservation of farmland across Monmouth County.