Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Morris County Freeholders have awarded a $192,500 grant to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation for their efforts to purchase and maintain the historic integrity of the century-old Lake Hopatcong train station. 

The board presented a replica check to the Foundation at a special ceremony in Lake Hopatcong on Sunday to call attention to the efforts to preserve this structure, which played an important role in the region’s history.


Morris County Awards Historic Preservation Grant for Lake Hopatcong Train Station Project
Lake Hopatcong Foundation gets a check for their preservation project.
Pictured (l/r) Ron Kraus, Donna Macalle-Holly, Martin Kane, Freeholder Dave Scapicchio, Jessica Murphy, John Yingling, Thomas Flinn and Bela Szigethy,

“Efforts like these help preserve the history of our county for future generations … helping them understand the past and, hopefully, using that knowledge to make our county a better place in the future,’’ Freeholder Dave Scapicchio said at Sunday’s event.

“The county freeholders are thrilled to be able to assist you with the purchase of this rail station through a grant from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund,’’ added Freeholder Scapicchio.

This 1911 train station was built as part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad … and the Lackawanna Cutoff project. It was unique in New Jersey because three forms of transportation were directly accessible from the station.

Morris County Awards Historic Preservation Grant for Lake Hopatcong Train Station Project
 
Rail passengers could disembark at this station and either board the Lake Hopatcong Steamboat Company boats for passage through the Morris Canal into Lake Hopatcong or board the Morris County Traction Company trolley directly to Bertrand Island Park.

Due to this unique distinction in transportation history, the Lake Hopatcong Station has been determined to be individually eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and it also is part of the Old Main Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historic District.

The Lake Hopatcong Station is architecturally similar to its sister station in Mountain Lakes. Both stations used rubble stone and detailing of concrete and glazed terra cotta. 

Morris County voters in 2002 approved an amendment to the county’s Preservation Trust Fund to include the acquisition and preservation of historic sites and facilities.  

Since 2003, when the first grants were awarded, 85 sites or resources in 32 Morris County municipalities have received funding assistance. 

To view the full list of 2015 Historic Preservation grants, please visit:
http://morrisplanning.org/pdfs/2015HistoricPreservation.pdf

For more information on the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, please visit: http://www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org/