Posted 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.
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.
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 Valley
community 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.