On the afternoon of May 27, 2008, an accidental kitchen fire caused significant damage to the Old Stone School, circa 1874. The fire destroyed the kitchen, and damaged much of the room used for meetings which is adjacent to the kitchen. Additionally, damage from the smoke has permeated the entire building. Some of the historic windows were destroyed in the fire and during the fire fighting process. Thanks to the efforts of the many the fire and rescue crews who responded to the fire, and of the former Hillsboro Elementary School principal, Dave Michener, Hillsboro Elementary School who took heroic actions before the fire trucks arrived, the building is still standing. Volunteers from the Short Hill Historical Society worked tirelessly to manage the restoration process after the fire, working closely with local contractor Zurschmeide Contracting. Within months, the building was restored and the annual Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Short Hill Historical Society was able to go on. See photos from the day of the fire through the restoration process.