Open Every Sunday from 1pm – 5pm

Phone:  201-445-1804

Address: 330 Paramus Road Paramus NJ  07652

If you would like to set up a Private Group Tour,  give us a call and we will be happy to accommodate you!

Bill

About Bill Leaver

Bill Leaver has been associated with the Behnke Museum since it opened in 2003. He was named as Director/Curator in 2013.
10 12, 2018

TIN CIGAR BOX

These tin cigar boxes with a hinged top were a favorite for storing miscellaneous household items and were often found in workshops for storing nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

3 12, 2018

ICE BOX

The ice box was common prior to electricity.  This ice box was manufactured by the D. Eddy & Sons Company of Boston Mass.  The company was established in 1847 and remained in business through 1906. Ice was provided by the "ice man"  who, in the winter, harvested large pieces of ice from nearby lakes and [...]

19 11, 2018

GOLD MEDAL FLOUR COOK BOOK

This cook book copyright 1910 contains 69 pages of recipes for everything for soups, meats, poultry, fish, entrees, breads,rolls. biscuits, pastry, cake and puddings.

12 11, 2018

CHEESE BOX

Cheese used to be sold in solid two pound blocks in wooden boxes that were often used as storage containers when emptied.

5 11, 2018

CABBAGE SLICER

This device was used to shred cabbage when making sauerkraut.  A head of cabbage was placed in the square area in the middle.  As that frame was slid back and forth, the cabbage would pass over the four diagonal blades that would slice the cabbage into long thin pieces.  

29 10, 2018

BUTTER CHURN

This type of churn dates back to the 18th century.  Paddles mounted inside the cylinder rotate as the crank handle is turned creating butter from the milk.

15 10, 2018

COFFEE GRINDER

This type of coffee grinder was mounted on a wall.  Coffee beans were placed in the top container and were ground and fell into the bottom container when the handle was rotated.

8 10, 2018

MATCH DISPENSER

Always found near the fireplace or stove before self igniting burners, this metal container held a box of "safety matches".  The matches were scratched on an abrasive surface surface on the side of the box to ignite them. (Note the opening on the side to expose the abrasive surface)  Safety matches are still used today, [...]

1 10, 2018

ICE BOX

Prior to the refrigerator of today when homes did not have electricity, the ice box was the way perishable foods such as milk, eggs and butter were kept cold.  The "Ice Man" would sell blocks of ice from his ice house where he stored ice that he harvested from nearby lakes and ponds during the [...]

24 09, 2018

FOOD WARMER