There are so many things to love about Lake Hopatcong. A little look back in time uncovered that many people loved it for romance!
In the very late 1800s, the Lackawanna Railroad began to run advertisements in popular magazines, touting its passenger rail service from New York City to numerous points west, including Lake Hopatcong. The ads were designed to win the favor of vacationers who were able to decide between taking a Lackawanna train, or one with the competing New Jersey Central Railroad.
By 1903, prospective passengers could send five cents to the company and receive a 128-age booklet called “Mountain and Lake Resorts,” which promised to provide “complete information about hotels and boarding houses, their rates and location, together with more than 175 pictures,” featuring, of course, Lake Hopatcong destinations.
That year, however, the folks at Lackawanna raised the stakes and added a new element to their marketing effort—romance! Included in each promotional book was a short love story that, not coincidentally, was set at a locale along the rail route. It was almost unfair. Imagine how titillating the possibility of finding romance on the rails could be?
In 1904, “A Chance Courtship,” was the story, and it included swoon-worthy passages like this:
“Her heart was singing, more and more content with the prospect which she now saw was inevitable. Like any woman in love, she was in no hurry, now; she would delay for a while writing to Richard, to enjoy this delicious dangerous sense of abandon of will, of common sense and conventionality. Beautiful as are the many glories of the Pocono country, no one ever saw them as she did that week, through a haze of romance.”
The 1903 romantic story was called “For Reasons of State,” and was set in Lake Hopatcong! Alas, we were unable to retrieve that story, but are hopeful it will turn up in time for Valentine’s Day. Until then, we’d like to know what YOU love about Lake Hopatcong. Romance, perhaps?
Post your pics/stories of romance found on Lake Hopatcong or why you love Lake Hopatcong on social media with the hashtag #ILoveLH by February 14th and we will share them! Or just add them to the comments under our facebook post and pic of Jen and what she loves most about Lake Hopatcong 🙂