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Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Wharton’s Terrific Annual Celebration Adds the Morris County History Fair

Morris County History Fair at Wharton's Canal Day Music and Craft Festival -- Aug. 18

Celebrate and learn about history at the Morris County History Fair held during Wharton’s Canal Day Music & Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Now in its 43rd year, this old-time country fair celebrates the Morris Canal and its contribution to the development of the communities along its banks. Stick around for fireworks in town.

Entertainment will include 10 musical acts on two stages, free kayak rides on the canal, 100 fine arts and crafts vendors, historical displays, food trucks, and seven reenactment groups.

Canal history buffs can take a narrated boat and walking tour of the Morris Canal, with a visit to the newly restored Lock 2 East.

Morris County History Fair at Wharton's Canal Day Music and Craft Festival -- Aug. 18Chat with reenactors who will portray President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.

Come spend the day at Hugh Force Canal Park located at 180 West Central Ave., Wharton.  Fireworks display at Robert Street Park at 7 p.m. Admission is free; $5 off-street parking available.  Please visit for additional information.

Entertainment will include:

  • 10 of NJ’s best musical artists performing on two stages
  • Local and exotic wildlife animal show
  • Old West cowboy show re-enacted by the Rangers of Wild West City
  • A 16th-century tent village and sword-fighting show re-enacted by the Society for Creative Anachronism
  • Free kayak rides
  • Learning the art of blacksmithing
  • Shopping at over 100 fine art and craft vendors
  • Great food provided by many local vendors and gourmet food trucks

Local history organizations include:

  • Waterloo Village Historic Site
  • The Canal Society of New Jersey
  • Morris County Historical Society
  • The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
  • Morristown National Historic Park – Washington’s Headquarters
  • Thomas Edison Museum National Historic Park
  • Rockaway Township Historical Society
  • Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum
  • The Whippany Burying Yard

Civil War re-enactment groups include:

  • The 2nd New Jersey Brigade
  • The 7th NJ Infantry unit
  • The 2nd NJ Cavalry unit
  • The 1st NJ Artillery unit
  • The 7th NJ Field Hospital unit
  • The Society of Jersey Blues unit
  • The 27th Regiment, NJ Volunteer Infantry, Company F