Posted Monday, June 20th, 2016


Morris County residents are invited to join the Canal Society of New Jersey for a day of family fun and entertainment on Saturday as they kick off a 10th season of interpreting historic Waterloo Village in nearby Sussex County.Village Tours

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.

Scheduled activities at the festival, which has free admission and a $5 parking fee, include:

Waterloo United Methodist Church: Guided tours of an 1859 church

Smith’s Store: Fully stocked canal store with many fascinating products and labor-saving gadgets from bygone days

Waterloo Canal Boat RideBoat Ride: The only public boat ride on the Morris Canal

Canal Blacksmith Shop: Experienced blacksmiths will demonstrate and interpret various smithing techniques, working red-hot metal. Watch them turn a 20-penny nail into a decorative hook.

Entertainment: Singing historian Roy Justice will perform traditional songs about canals, coal, and Americana. Chairs under the tent allow visitors to sit and relax in the shade.

Smith’s Sawmill: Water-powered sawmill, typical of those built across North Jersey

Village Carpenter Earle PostSmith Brothers Grist Mill: The fully operational water-powered grist mill grinding corn into meal; interactive activities include corn shelling and grinding by hand

New Jersey Canal Museum: Operated by Canal Society of NJ since 1975; new exhibit on Waterloo

Carpenter Shop: Demonstration of historic carpenter’s tools, display of projects from prior years; interactive bark peeling demonstration for children’s walking sticks

Seamstress Shop: Delightful shop with vintage treadle sewing machine to create reproduction 19th century clothing; hand-cranked sewing machines may be used by visitors.

Blaclsmiths Richard & Richard BruscosRutan Cabin: Rare Sussex County settler’s log cabin with re-created farmstead

Lunch and Snacks: Grilled-to-order hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade baked goods, and cold drinks

Getting there from Morris County:

Waterloo Village, 525 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, New Jersey

3 miles from Exit 25 on Route I-80

(Route 206 N, Stanhope & Newton)

Follow brown signs for turns

Future 2016 Canal Heritage Days, summer and fall 2016:

July 9 & 23, Aug 6 & 27, Sep 17 & 24, Oct 8 & 22

For more information on Waterloo Village, visit: or