Lake Hopatcong Train Station
The purchase of the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station, in the fall of 2014, turned the page on an exciting new chapter for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the entire lake region. The intent of the LHF is to restore the station to its 1911 appearance, as much as is practical, for use as its new home, as well as for a community center.
The building, located in Landing, has lasting meaning for many lake residents, past and present, and has long been a central part of the history of the lake. The purchase by the LHF ensures its rehabilitation in the present, and preservation for future generations. It will also be a major part of the overall revitalization of Landing, which serves as a gateway to the lake.
The reasons for the LHF’s purchase of the building are consistent with its mission, including the prospect of opening space where the people of Lake Hopatcong, Roxbury, Jefferson Township and Mount Arlington will be able to:
- connect and foster a sense of community;
- learn about the lake environment through exhibits, lectures and classes;
- take boater safety courses;
- enjoy an outdoor area designed to accommodate a rain garden, and;
- find information about local businesses…
The train station was recently added to the National and State Register of Historic Places. A historic preservation plan was completed and restoration efforts have been under way since 2015.
The first phase of work addressed structural issues and masonry repairs. Internal structural work was completed in spring 2016, followed by masonry work on the stone parapets. Replacement of the original green Spanish tile roof was launched with a $216,000 grant from the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust, and was completed in early 2017.
Outside, the first portion of a native plant garden was installed on the train station grounds. The American Chestnut Foundation contributed to the project by providing five seedlings of American chestnut trees, once the predominant tree in the Lake Hopatcong area.
The train station project is ongoing and will be completed with the support of additional grants, in-kind services from local craftsmen and generous donations from the public.
LAKE HOPATCONG TRAIN STATION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Those who give at the recognition levels of $1,000 or more will be permanently recognized within the train station, but all donations are very much appreciated and will be appropriately acknowledged. Every dollar received will go toward restoration of the historic building and hasten its opening to the community.
BUY A MINIATURE TRAIN STATION
Purchase a miniature Lake Hopatcong Train Station, created in a limited quantity by Lilliput Lane Model Stations of England, for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. Each train station, measuring 4″ by 2 1/2″ by 2 1/2″, is cast in Amorphite, hand-painted, and nestled in a gift box with an official Lilliput Lane deed. These beautiful miniature models are available for $100 each and a purchase will help the LHF train station project stay on-track.
“The opportunity to restore a historical structure, create a community center, enhance the Landing ‘gateway’ area, and establish a permanent space for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation was just too compelling. We’re eagerly looking forward to the day when this amazing building is our home and we are regularly hosting exhibits and events in such a beautiful space.”
–Jessica K. Murphy, LHF president