Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Dedicate Historic Marker and Panel at Canal Street Bridge
The Morris County Board of Freeholders joined with Roxbury’s Mayor and Council and the township’s and county historic community on Wednesday night (Aug. 8) to formally dedicate a historic bridge marker and interpretive panel that highlight the township’s Drakesville Historic Park and Morris Canal Greenway preservation efforts.
“The terrific work done here by the township to preserve an important piece of this county’s history history is remarkable,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “The preserved Silas Riggs House, King House and King Store, and some remaining Morris Canal features that have been protected here in Roxbury give us an important look at out past, and help us all better understand our roots. I applaud you for these efforts.”
The historic marker was installed at the Canal Street Bridge over Drake’s Brook in Roxbury, and the interpretive panels are located nearby. The panels are similar to those erected recently in Mount Olive, at the Flanders-Drakestown Road bridge.
Joining the Freeholder Board and Mayor Mark Crowley and council members at last night’s event were Peg Shultz, archivist and Acting Director of the Morris County Heritage Commission; Mary Ann Dudak, member of the Roxbury Historic Trust; Richard Cramond, the Roxbury Historian; plus members of the township’s open space preservation team.
The Canal Street Bridge Over Drakes Brook was built in the late 1920s, as part of a project to close the Morris Canal, Cramond explained to the freeholders. Here are some facts about that bridge:
As required by the State Historic Preservation Office, a historic marker has been placed at the bridge and an interpretive sign has been erected near the King House, both of which highlight the Morris Canal and the former Drakesville (currently Ledgewood) area of the township.