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LAKE HOPATCONG HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Located in a rustic 19th century building which served as a lock tender's house on the Morris Canal, the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum offers an entertaining and enlightening look at the history of New Jersey's largest lake. Step back to a time when the lake was actually two bodies of water and the Lenape Tribe lived along its shores. Learn of the building of the famous Morris Canal and the forming of modern day Lake Hopatcong, its main source of water. Travel back to the era when the Lake was a tourist mecca and some 40 hotels and rooming houses graced its shores.
Relive the days when thousands flocked to Bertrand Island Amusement Park for dancing and "nickel nights." In an age before jets, air conditioning and super highways, Lake Hopatcong was a major northeast resort. Trains from urban centers would drop off vacationers at the Landing Railroad Station, where they would board steamboats for the trip to Bertrand Island and other points around the Lake.  Within easy reach of large cities to the east, the Lake's size and setting at over 900 feet above sea level made it a perfect resort. From the 1880's through the 1930's the Lake welcomed thousands each year, including leaders in government, industry and entertainment. Lower daytime temperatures and cool evenings made Lake Hopatcong a welcome respite from the urban centers to the east. mus02.jpg (14690 bytes)
Lake Hopatcong Museum Exhibit The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum displays an extensive collection of memorabilia, photographs, historical artifacts, and exhibits about the Lake and on the history and working of the Morris Canal. The Museum is located on the grounds of Lake Hopatcong State Park in Landing, just 2 miles off Route I-80 at exit 28.  Admission is free.
Call (973) 398-2616 for further information

Permanent Exhibits

  • Passage to Progress: The Morris Canal and The Transformation of Lake Hopatcong
  • Simpler Times at Lake Hopatcong
  • Jewel Of the Mountains: The Great Hotel Era at Lake Hopatcong
  • Famous Folks, featuring former Lake Hopatcong Residents Hudson Maxim, Lotta Crabtree and Joe Cook
  • Greetings from Bertrand Island Amusement Park
  • Membership Application
    Want to be a Member of the "Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum"?
     
    Click here for a printable copy of the application form. Remember, this Museum receives no state funds. Your Membership fee helps support the Museum.

    Visit the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Store for exciting offers on books and videos

    2018 Season at the Museum

     Sunday, March 25, 2018 - Museum reopens 1:00-4:00pm.

     Friday, April 6, 2018 - Items From the Collection.  Special evening displaying some of the
    most interesting Lake Hopatcong items you have never seen, 5:00-8:00pm.

     Sunday, April 29, 2018 - Museum open 1:00-4:00pm.

     Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Museum open 1:00-4:00pm.

     Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Lake Hopatcong Block Party.  Museum open 10:00am-4:00pm.

     Friday, June 8, 2018 - Special evening program to be announced, 5:00-8:00pm.

     Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Museum open 1:00-4:00pm.

      Museum Programs

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Joe Macasek, President of the Canal Society of New Jersey,
    will present a historical program about the Morris Canal and exciting things on the
    Morris Canal Greenway, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, Clam Bake, 6:00pm.

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - "The Beaches of Lake Hopatcong," Asian Diner, Ledgewood
    (next to Roxbury Township Municipal Building), 6:00pm.

    Thursday, August 30, 2018 - "Hudson Maxim & His Profound Influence on History,"
    Jefferson House Restaurant, 6:00pm.

    Saturday, October 6, 2018 - "Teddy Roosevelt Returns to Lake Hopatcong," Cinepolis Succasunna, 7:00pm.

    2018 Dates To Remember

    Saturday, April 28 - New Jersey Canal and Local History Symposium, Frelinghuysen Arboretum,
    Morris Township, 10:00am-4:00pm.

     Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Native Plant Sale, Lake Hopatcong Station, 125 Landing Road,
    Landing, NJ, 9:00am-1:00pm.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Lake Hopatcong Block Party, Hopatcong State Park, 10:00am-5:00pm.

    Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Lake Hopatcong Antique Boat Show, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club,
    Mount Arlington, NJ, 10:00am-4:00pm.

    Friday, June 29, 2018 - Lake Hopatcong Fireworks, Main Lake, 9:30pm (Rain Date-Friday, June 6, 2018).

    Directions to the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum

    From East:  Route 80 West to Exit 28.  Follow signs towards West Shore.  At traffic light by Lake make left turn. 
    Hopatcong State Park entrance will be about 1/2 mile ahead on right. 

    From West:  Route 80 East to Netcong (Route 183).  Left at Main Street until street ends.  Right then quick left onto
    Center Street (by Palace Theatre).  Take until street ends at jug handle.  Follow jug handle so that you have made a left turn
    onto Lakeside Boulevard.  Entrance to Hopatcong State Park is ahead on right.

     After passing Admission booth turn left - you will see our historic building straight ahead.


    For Information on the Museum and the special programs,
    please call 973-398-2616 or e-mail to  lhhistory@att.net

    Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum  -  PO Box 668  -  Landing, NJ 07850

    Martin Kane,  Museum President

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