Lake Hopatcong Station by Water, Land, and Trolley
Fall program at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center
125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ
October 3, 2019, 7 pm
Landing was once a transportation hub for Lake Hopatcong where the Morris Canal, Lackawanna Railroad, Morris County Traction Company, and two steamboat lines all converged to deliver passengers to their destinations around the popular resort.
Joe Macasek, President of the Canal Society of New Jersey, and Mike Del Vecchio, President of Tri-State Railway Historical Society will come together to discuss this interesting era while presenting some amazing images from a time when all paths led to Landing!
A small accompanying exhibit will on loan from the Lake Hopatcong Historical Musem during this program.
Historian Joseph J. Macasek has had a lifelong interest in local New Jersey history and industrial archeology and has pursued this interest on both a personal and leadership level. He is President of the Canal Society of New Jersey, former President of the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Director of Communication for the Friends of Historic Speedwell, and serves on the Morris County Heritage Commission. He is the author of the Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County and offers lectures on local history topics and industrial archaeology. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the Pratt Institute. He is self-employed as a graphic designer and has a special interest in historical interpretation.
The Canal Society of New Jersey (CSNJ) is a non-profit organization formed in 1969 to foster the study of the history of New Jersey’s two towpath canals, preserve and restore canal remains and artifacts, educate the public in the canals’ histories and provide enjoyment to its members by visiting canals and other historic sites. Visit canalsocietynj.org for more information.
Michael J. “Mike” Del Vecchio is a long-time railroad author and historian in his 26th year as president of the Tri-State Railway Historical Society, one of New Jersey’s oldest and most active rail history groups. He is active in many rail history groups and projects, and he has authored four hardcover books and hundreds of articles about railroading and industrial history. The Lackawanna is his favorite railroad and the railroads around Lake Hopatcong are significant to him. He’s also a professional railroader, managing the sprawling rail operation at the Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey, keeping track of more than 18,000 railcars annually. He lives in Dover, New Jersey.
The Tri-State Railway Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s rich railroad heritage. As a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), and a founding member group of the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, Tri-State is a team player in railroad preservation both at the state and national levels. For more information, visit tristaterail.org
Fall programming at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental & Cultural Center was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.