Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Morris County Freeholders recognized the historic preservation efforts of the Middle Valley Community Center, Inc. and the Washington Township Land Trust of Morris County prior to their regular meeting in Washington Township on July 24.
Freeholders Recognize Preservation Efforts

The freeholders presented bronze plaques to Paul Krylowski, (see photo) a trustee of the Middle Valley Community Center, Inc., and to Gregg Forsbrey, vice president of the Land Trust, for the work each of their groups have done to preserve the Community Center and the Obadiah LaTourette Grist & Saw Mill respectively.

The county has assisted in those preservation efforts in the form of grants from the Morris County Preservation Trust.
Over the years, the freeholders have approved stabilization grants totaling $82,368 to the Middle Valley Community Center, Inc., and $60,000 in restoration funding to the Obadiah LaTourette Grist & Saw Mill.
The historic community center on West Mill Road in the Middle Valley Historic District is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.  It served as a post office and mercantile center and has been the site of judicial, educational, religious, social and cultural activities spanning four centuries. Today, the center continues as a cultural, educational and social meeting place for the Middle Valleycommunity and the surrounding area.
The Obadiah LaTourette Grist & Saw Mill on East Mill Road was built in the second half of the 19th century and was essential to the economy and development of German Valley and the surrounding agricultural community.