Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
THIS SATURDAY: AT 19th CENTURY MORRIS CANAL TOWN
The Canal Society of New Jersey, along with the New Jersey DEP, will offer its final Waterloo Canal Heritage Days event on Saturday, Oct.22, offering Morris County visitors to nearby Waterloo Village in Sussex County an early autumn glimpse of the region’s early days.
The programs, which differ 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, Oct. 22, eight of the village’s historic buildings will be open, and historic trades and crafts will be demonstrated at the gristmill, and carpentry, seamstress and blacksmith shops.
There also will be live Irish music provided by Ed Saultz.
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.
Waterloo 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:
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.
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.
– Ed Saultz will be at Waterloo this weekend playing his unique brand of Irish music.
The 90-mile-long Morris Canal was an option to roads for transporting commercial goods in the early to mid-1800s.
It 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. The last Heritage Day for 2016 is scheduled for 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