ROXBURY, NJ – The former Drakesville section of Roxbury literally drips with history, in large part because it was a busy hub on the former Morris Canal.
That history will be commemorated and celebrated Aug. 8 during a special visit to Roxbury by the Morris County freeholders – one of the county board’s “road meetings”– scheduled for 7 p.m. at Roxbury Town Hall.
One of the highlights of the Roxbury session will be the official unveiling of a 3-panel interpretive sign that now stands on Main Street in Ledgewood in the Drakesville Historic District. The county helped pay for the sign, said Roxbury Historic Trust Member Mary Ann Dudek.
“It is at very end of Main Street in Ledgewood, on the King Museum property but almost at the intersection of Main Street and Route 10, Dudek said.
The sign explains to viewers the historical importance of Drakesville/Ledgewood, the King House and the Morris Canal which once sliced through the neighborhood. The sign was erected in April and Roxbury historians have been planning for an official unveiling, said Dudek.
The Aug. 8 visit by the county officials seemed to be a good time for the event, she said. At the session, Roxbury historian Richard Crammond is scheduled to talk about the new sign and answer questions, Dudek said.
The meeting “is one of seven county governing board meeting being held outside of the county seat in Morristown in 2018 as part of an effort to bring county government closer to constituents,” said the county in a statement. The first four freeholder “road meetings’’ took place April 11 in Madison, May 9 in Butler, June 13 in Mine Hill and July 11 in Mount Olive. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Jefferson, on Sept. 12, and Mountain Lakes on Oct. 10.
“The Board of Freeholders takes our meetings on the road so we have the opportunity to meet county residents in the places where they live, work and go to school,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana in the statement. “We encourage local and area residents and elected officials to attend a meeting and let us know issues that you think need to be addressed.’’
Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers said the field meetings give the board “the opportunity to hear issues of local and regional concern, to allow us to better understand and focus on the needs of county residents.”