Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017


Morris County residents are invited to nearby Sussex County to join the Canal Society of New Jersey for a day of family fun and historic exploration this Saturday, Oct. 28, during the final 2017 season Heritage Day at historic Waterloo Village.

Waterloo Village scenes--canal boats and historic house

Waterloo Village

Final 2017 Season Waterloo Canal Heritage Day on Saturday

The Canal Society will bring historic Waterloo Village back to life on Saturday with canal boat rides and demonstrations.

A special feature this weekend will be the operation of the gristmill, where miller Steve Lauf will be running the water-powered machinery and demonstrating his skill at grinding grain and making flour.

Many of the historic buildings will be open including Smith’s Store, blacksmith shop, a working water-powered gristmill, and the New Jersey Canal Museum. Canal Society volunteers who will be on hand to talk about Waterloo’s history and offer hands-on activities.

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.

photo of Miller Steve Lauf

Waterloo mill operator Steve Lauf

Scheduled activities for the Heritage Day event, which has free admission and a $5 parking fee, include:


  • Rick Giles, a storekeeper and village historian, will give visitors an idea what shopping was like in the 1860s.
  • Earle Post, a woodworker, has set up a carpentry shop in the Peter D. Smith Carriage House, where he will be building a full-size canal boat rudder.
  • Steve Lauf, a miller, will be grinding grain and demonstrating the operation of a real water-powered gristmill.

Highlands Canal Boat Exhibit

– Highlands Canal Boat Exhibit features the recently discovered remains of what may be the last Morris Canal Boat.

Canal Boat Rides: A narrated boat ride on the Morris Canal will be offered continuously from late morning until 3:30 p.m.

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

For more information on the event call 973.292.2755 or email [email protected]

For more information on Waterloo Village:

For more information on the Morris Canal, visit: