ROXBURY, NJ – Three historic buildings in Roxbury – the King Homestead in Ledgewood, the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station in Landing and the Ledgewood Baptist Church – have been recommended to each receive more than $100,000 in grant money for preservation projects, it was announced Wednesday.
The buildings are among 25 historic sites in Morris County being recommended to share $2.9 million in grants through the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund. The recommendations were made to the county freeholders by the trust fund review board.
The freeholders are expected to decide July 26 whether to adhere to the review board’s recommendations, said a statement issued by the county. “These preservation funds, overwhelmingly approved by county taxpayers, help finance the protection of our county’s heritage to ensure that we maintain important links to our past,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana in the statement.
The review board recommended $120,813 be granted for exterior rehabilitation at the King Homestead Museum, $120,000 be spent on extensive restorationation of the interior and exterior of the bell tower at Ledgewood Baptist Church and $160,000 be granted for interior rehabilitation at the former train station.
“This 1911 train station is in the Jacobean style,” said the county. “Train passengers could transfer to steamboats connecting to the Morris Canal or take a trolley to Bertrand Island Park. The building is included in the 2016 Morris Canal Historic District.” The grant will allow the Lake Hopatcong Foundation to restore interior rooms and restore windows at the building, which recently received a new tile roof.
“The dedicated people working to preserve our links to the past, provide lessons for the present and ensure an inheritance for the future deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program coordinator for Morris County. “Their efforts, supported by these grants, ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”