ROXBURY, NJ - A dream came true recently for The Lake Hopatcong Foundation, the non-profit organization restoring the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station in Landing: Staffers moved into the 108--year-old structure and began calling it "home."
"We at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation are thrilled to be ringing in the new year in our new home at the Lake Hopatcong Train Station building (finally)!" said the foundation on its Facebook page. "Although the building rehabilitation work is not completely finished, we have moved into our office area (on the left side of the building) and are officially “open for business” at our new address: 125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ 07850."
The staffers are occupying an area that once served as the station's cargo and baggage room. As the staff, including managing directory Holly Odgers, worked, contractors were busy in the adjacent rooms - the foyer and main hall. Among the work being done was the installation of historically accurate bench seating.
The Foundation expects all interior work to be finished in several months. It is planning to have an official open house in the spring.
"We have big plans for the building in 2019, including hosting a Smithsonian exhibit in July and August, and beginning our programming efforts in this new community space, to be named the Lake Hopatcong Environmental and Cultural Center," said the Foundation.
It publicly thanked the Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund and 1772 Foundation (both administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust), the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Hyde and Watson Foundation. Those organizations provided support for the station restoration.
"We would also like to express our gratitude to everyone who made this move possible, going back to all those volunteers who came our for our building and grounds cleanup in November 2014, right through to our project management team and everyone who made monetary contributions toward the building rehabilitation," the Foundation said. "This milestone is shared among so many of you, and we thank each of you for making it possible."
The Foundation had been working out of donated space at Nolan's Point provided by Camp Six, the organization that owns Main Lake Market, The Windlass, Alice's, Lake Hopatcong Cruises and other businesses on Lake Hopatcong.'
"This is an exciting time for us, and we will continue to keep you posted as the next phases of the project are complete," the Foundation said.