Tourism began to boom at Lake Hopatcong when the Central Railroad of New Jersey reached Nolan’s Point in the 1880s. This led to the building of two pavilions and several hotels at Nolan’s Point. In this 1910 photo, we see Lee’s Pavilion which included a hotel, restaurant, dance hall, stores and photo studio. Today, the Jefferson House Restaurant and Dow’s Boat Rental occupy this site.

Story and photo provided by Marty Kane of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum. You can find out more about the museums operating hours and programs at, or by calling 973-398-2616.

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