By Holly Odgers (LHF) - Restoration efforts have been chugging along at the Lake Hopatcong Train Station throughout 2017.
The Foundation office will be relocating to the station in 2018 and the building will begin hosting a variety of programming and community meetings. The train station project will be completed with the support of additional grants, in-kind services from local craftsmen and generous donations from the public. Donations to the Lake Hopatcong Train Station Capital Campaign can be made below.
One of the most visual improvements was the replacement of the original green Spanish tile roof which was funded through a grant from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust and was completed early in the year. The tiles were manufactured by Ludowici Roof Tile Company of New Lexington, Ohio who also made the original tiles in 1911.
Additional grants for the plumbing, electric and utilities allowed that interior work to begin through the summer and fall. Replacement of all underground pipes has occurred, a new electric service has been installed, and our heating system was completed last week. All windows and doors are in the process of being restored or replaced to match the original design.
Outside the station, volunteers worked tirelessly over two days in the early fall to create a walkway through the native plant garden. Signs identifying the native plants have been installed throughout the garden. Please stop by to see the garden when it’s in bloom and take note of some native plants you like to plant in your own garden or yard. Two benches have also been installed along the path to add a quiet place to sit and enjoy the grounds. With all of that, phase I of the landscaping is now complete!
We would like to thank our grant funders, the Morris Country Historic Preservation Trust, the 1772 Foundation, the Hyde & Watson Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust for their continued financial support. And our hats off to the Train Station Landscape Committee, volunteers and business community who continue to donate their time, services and materials to the ongoing restoration project.