The Canal Society of New Jersey, in concert with the New Jersey DEP, is continuing its Waterloo Canal Heritage Days series on Saturdays offering Morris County visitors to nearby Waterloo Village in Sussex County a glimpse of the region’s early days – as part of an every other Saturdays series this summer and early fall.
The programs, which are altered 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.
Once a bustling inland port on the Morris Canal, Waterloo retains its character as a 19th Century canal Waterloo Village town. Since 2007, the Canal Society has gradually opened industrial and commercial buildings to interpret trades that were common throughout the 19 th 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 ArtsFoundation, 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.
Waterloo Village Heritage Days run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are scheduled for Sat. Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22.
Waterloo Village is located in Stanhope. For more information on Waterloo Village, visit https://www.getoutsidenj.com/listings/Waterloo-Village.Stanhope.