ROXBURY, NJ – Two historic buildings in Roxbury are among 28 across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said today.
The former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) station in Landing and the King Homestead Museum in Ledgewood are on the list of projects the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended for funding.
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will vote next month on whether to accept the review board’s recommendations. The freeholders will dole out $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore or protect sites in 18 towns across Morris County.
The grants come from the Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
The review board recommended the freeholders allocate $331,632 to the non-profit Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) for use in the group’s ongoing restoration of the DL&W station.
Already substantially restored, the 109-year-old station is now serving as headquarters for the LHF. In announcing the grant recommendation, the county cited the station’s rich history.
“From the station, passengers could easily transfer to steamboats connecting to the Morris County Canal,” said the county. “The building was constructed of rubble stone with glazed terra cotta detailing. This grant will provide for site restoration including landscape improvements and a new rear door.”
The other Roxbury project, the King Homestead Museum, is managed by Roxbury Historic Trust. The Trust is slated to receive a grant of $89,820, said the county.
“The c. 1815 former store and post office is two and a half stories in height,” the county noted. “The 1881 Queen Anne style residence was constructed for Theodore F. King from the proceeds from his store. The buildings are contributing in the Ledgewood Historic Park and Drakesville Historic District and listed on the National and New Jersey Registers.”
The grant money will help the Trust pay for replacing the structure’s old electrical system, the county said.
The freeholders, who were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate, will make a final decision on the recommendations at the board's Aug. 12 public meeting.
“The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us preserve and better understand Morris County’s history, and it maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Morris County Freeholder Stephen Shaw.
“The many dedicated county residents who work to maintain our history, which offers lessons for the present and ensures an inheritance for our future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang. “These county grants assist their efforts to ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”
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