Cooper Gristmill – Picnic Shelters/Tents

Cooper Gristmill – Picnic Shelters/Tents

66 Route 24
Chester Township, NJ 07930

66 Route 24
Chester Township, NJ 07930

T: (973) 631 - 5345

M-F: 8am - sunset
Sat-Sun: 8am - sunset


A one-room historic carriage house located on the grounds of the Cooper Gristmill. Located on the grounds of the NJ State and National Registered Historic Places, the Carriage House at Cooper Gristmill offers an enclosed space with the added bonus of keeping the large doors open to bring in the fresh air.  With ample parking, and scenic views of the working Cooper Gristmill and close access to the trails along the Black River, the Carriage House is a unique setting for your next picnic, family party or group event.

Carriage House

Capacity: 75
Tables: 8
Grills: 1
Square Footage: 800
Seasonal Restroom Nearby: Yes
Portable Restroom Nearby: Yes
Electric: Yes


75 with tables and chairs


Included in your rental:

  • 8 traditional picnic tables and benches for seating
  • Electricity
  • 1 grill

Note: Kitchen/refrigeration, or air conditioning is not available at this location.  

Rental Rates



Maintenance Staff fee: $45/hour

Refundable Security Deposit for one-day event, $250; for two or more days, $500.

Bookings must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the event date.

A refundable deposit and rental fee is due upon receipt of your invoice to secure a reservation.

The security deposit will be returned after the event if all conditions of the permit are met and there is no damage to the facility or property.


Responsibilities and Acknowledgements

  • Facility rental requires a 4-hour minimum.
  • Intended and expected number of guests/attendees are not to exceed the amount set by the Fire Marshal.
  • Vehicle parking along service roads is prohibited. Parking permitted in designated areas only.
  • The park is carry-in/carry-out with no trash service.
  • The area must be left in the condition it was found.
  • Drones and balloons are not allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • No garden furniture, plant, rock, animal, or other part of the Cooper Gristmill may be moved or removed from the premises. 
  • The use of open-flame decorative devices is not permitted without the approval of the Morris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Where solid alcohol fuel food warmers are used on top of a serving table, paper or plastic table coverings are not permitted. A flame-resistant tablecloth that covers the entire tabletop shall be used. Table decorations must be flame resistant. Combustible material such as plates, napkins, plastic utensils, cups and similar products shall be separated by a minimum of three (3) feet from the food warmers.
  • Permits are non-transferable from one event to another in whole or in part.
  • Permit expiration time is on the permit. A penalty of double the applicable reservation hourly rate will be assessed for failure to leave on time, as specified on the permit.

Vendor Information

Any vendor performing work on-site as a service to a renter must fill out and a vendor application and provide all the insurance requirements as listed on that application. Vendors include rental company, photographers, caterers, wedding planner, musicians, etc.