Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
The programs, which are altered a bit on each of the Heritage Days, include hands-on history programs, sometimes a taste of original music, plus a narrated boat ride on the historic Morris Canal.
On this Saturday, Oct. 10, eight of the village’s historic buildings will be open, and historic trades will be demonstrated at the gristmill, and carpentry, seamstress and blacksmith shops.
The following is a look at this Saturday’s planned events:
EarlePost, a woodworker, has set up a carpentry shop in the Peter D. Smith Carriage House, where he will be working on projects of all kinds.
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.
THE VILLAGE: A visit to Waterloo includes: Smith’s Store (fully stocked general store), the fully operational Smith Brothers water-powered gristmill, the Rutan Cabin, the Canal Society of New Jersey’s Museum, the Winakung Lenape (Native American) Village, and other exhibits. Food service is available on the grounds
CANAL BOAT RIDES
Come and enjoy a narrated canal boat ride on the historic Morris Canal, featuring New Jersey’s only known solar powered canal boat.
The Morris CanalIn 1824 the Morris Canal & Banking Company was chartered to build a canal that would carry coal, mined in Pennsylvania, to developing markets along the eastern seaboard.
When completed in 1831, the canal extended 102 miles across the rugged highlands of New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River, uphill to its summit level at Lake Hopatcong, and then down to New York Harbor at Jersey City.
Waterloo Village Heritage Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have been held on Saturdays throughout the summer. The final event is set for Sunday, Oct. 25. For more information, visit: www.canalsocietynj.org
For more information on the Morris Canal, visit: http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/morrisCanalSale.pdf
For GPS: Waterloo Village is located on Waterloo Road, Stanhope, N.J. 07874. Use Exit 25 on Interstate 80.
For more information on Morris County’s heritage, please visit: https://www.morriscountynj.gov/mchc/