Morris County Freeholders Approve 21 Grants Totaling $2.2 Million in 16 Towns

The former Lake Hopatcong train station in Landing received one of 21 grants from the 2018 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, and protect historic sites across Morris County. Of the $2.2 million awarded, the train station was allocated $180,000.

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation submitted the construction grant application to rehabilitate the 1911 train station near the lakeshore. It was built with rubble stone and glazed terra cotta detailing, designed in the Jacobean style as part of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad and the Lackawanna Cutoff project. Three forms of transportation were directly accessible from the station: rail, steamboat, and trolley.

The grant will provide interior rehabilitation including the waiting room, vestibule, baggage room, benches, and doors. The building will serve as the foundation’s offices as well as a lake area visitors’ center.

Grant money comes from the overwhelmingly voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. All grants were recommended by the county’s Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board. The program’s evaluation criteria include the historic significance of the resource, relationship of the project to community revitalization, preservation of the built or natural environment, heritage education and tourism, and restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive use plans of historic buildings.

To view the complete list of grants awarded in 2018, visit https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018Grants.pdf.

Since 2003, when the first grants were awarded, 98 sites or resources in 32 Morris County municipalities have received funding assistance. For more information on Morris County’s historic preservation program, visit https://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic.