Thursday, September 15th, 2016

HAVE SOME 19TH CENTURY FUN AT HISTORIC MORRIS CANAL TOWN 

Waterloo Blacksmiths

Waterloo Blacksmiths

 The Canal Society of New Jersey, in concert with the New Jersey DEP, is continuing its Waterloo Canal Heritage Days series this Saturday, Sept. 17, and NEXT Saturday, Sept. 24, offering Morris County visitors to nearby Waterloo Village in Sussex County a glimpse of the region’s early days – as part of an every other Saturdays series this summer and early fall.

The programs, which are altered a bit on each of the Heritage Days Saturdays, include hands-on history programs, a taste of original music, plus a narrated boat ride on the historic Morris Canal.

On this Saturday, Sept. 17, eight of the village’s historic buildings will be open; historic trades and crafts will be demonstrated at the gristmill, and carpentry, seamstress and blacksmith shops; and there will be music provided by a live dulcimer ensemble.

Once a bustling inland port on the Morris Canal, Waterloo retains its character as a 19th Century canal town. Since 2007, the Canal Society has gradually opened industrial and commercial buildings to interpret trades that were common throughout the 19th Century.

Smiths Store BWaterloo Village is managed by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry within the state Department of Environmental Protection and is located in Allamuchy Mountain State Park.

DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry assumed stewardship of the Village in 2007 after the Waterloo Arts Foundation, which had leased the Village from the state for about 40 years, went bankrupt.  DEP has committed more than $600,000 to the Village’s restoration as part of its Sustainable Park Plan, an initiative designed to keep historic sites and state parks open by expanding programming and events to attract more residents and revenue.

DEP has worked with The Canal Society of New Jersey, Friends of Waterloo, and Winakung at Waterloo to support the Village and its programming.

The following is a look at this Saturday’s planned events:

 HISTORIC TRADES:

Sharon Kuchelmann

Sharon Kuechelmann

 Richard & Richard Brusco, metallurgist and blacksmiths from Brookside (Mendham), will be working in the blacksmith’s shop. They will alternate between hammering red-hot metal and interpreting the process.

Sharon Kuechelmann will demonstrate her skills in a 19th century seamstress shop using a vintage treadle sewing machine to create authentic period garments.

Bill Pegg and Rolf Warncke have set up a carpentry shop in the Peter D. Smith Carriage House, where they will be working on projects of all kinds.

John Holochwost

John Holochwost

  • John Holochwost, tinsmith, will demonstrating his skills as he uses simple tools to make useful articles.

LIVE MUSIC:

– Ed Saultz will be at Waterloo this weekend playing his unique brand of Irish music.

THE VILLAGE:

A narrated boat ride on the historic Morris Canal will be offered continuously in the late morning and throughout the afternoon. Other buildings open are: Smith’s Store (fully stocked general store), Smith Brothers Gristmill milling by water-power, the Rutan Cabin, the Canal Museum of New Jersey, and other exhibits.

The 90-mile-long Morris Canal was an option to roads for transporting commercial goods in the early to mid-1800s.

Waterloo 3It left the Delaware River at Phillipsburg and made its way upwards until reaching its zenith at Lake Hopatcong, where it gradually dropped down to tidal level at its terminus in Newark.

It passed through what is now Waterloo Village, which was a 19th-century canal town.

Waterloo Village Heritage Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are scheduled for Saturdays Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22.

For GPS: Waterloo Village is located on Waterloo Road, Stanhope, N.J. 07874. Use Exit 25 on Interstate 80.  It is three miles from exit 25.

For more information on this event email to [email protected]

For more information on Waterloo Village, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Waterloo-Village-Historic-Site-160311250763716/ or http://www.getoutsidenj.com/listings/Waterloo-Village.Stanhope.Warren-County.New-Jersey.html

For more information on the Morris Canal, visit: http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/morrisCanalSale.pdf