ROXBURY, NJ – The owners of six buildings in Roxbury were honored this week for improving their structures while maintaining the old buildings' historic authenticity.

The honors were awarded by the Roxbury Township Historic Advisory Committee and presented at Tuesday’s meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. The presentations took place after Roxbury Mayor Robert DeFillippo noted May is celebrated in the township as Historic Preservation Month.

The awards went to the owners of the following properties:

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  • ·         The First Baptist Church in Ledgewood
  • ·         The First Presbyterian Church in Succasunna
  • ·         The Lake Hopatcong (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad Station
  • ·         39 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna
  • ·         67 Kenvil Avenue in Succasunna
  • ·         51 Main Street in Succasunna

The First Baptist Church was commended “for the implementation of extensive maintenance of its impressive stone exterior,” said the committee. “The current church replaced the original circa 1874 church building, much altered, but still standing west of it at 261 Main Street,” says the award. “The stone edifice built in 1917 stands on land donated by Theodore and William King, with its beautiful stained glass a sight to behold.”

The First Presbyterian Church, at 99 Main Street in Succasunna, was awarded for the restoration of its steeple. “This iconic church stands as the centerpiece of Roxbury Township’s pre-Revolutionary heritage,” says the award.

The Lake Hopatcong Train Station, at 125 Landing Road in Landing, opened in 1911 and has been substantially restored by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, which is using it for offices and public exhibits. “This admirable preservation feat will foster community pride while enriching the lives of residents and will provide an impressive welcome to visitors to the Lake Hopatcong region for years to come,” said the award.

Cathy and Clegg Freund, the owners of 39 Eyland Ave. in Succasunna, were awarded for the design and implementation of an addition to their 101-year-old house. The award says the Freunds’ addition was done in a manner that aligns with the home’s historical character “which promotes historic preservation and fosters community pride.”

Jennifer and Brian McClellan were acknowledged for doing the same when they restored the exterior of their early-1900s “four square style” house at 67 Kenvil Ave. in Succasunna.

Alan Sedlacek and Alan Meckler, of Cornerstone Financial Group, were awarded for their “adaptation and admirable maintenance” of their building at 51 Main St. in Succasunna. The work was done with regard for the building’s “historic origins: Hinchman’s Tavern, 1`835; Miss Woods’ Private School, 1865; Dory Crater’s Bakery, early 1900s; Roxbury Sweet Shoppe, 1940s, followed by use as a hair salon and residence before its transformation into corporate offices in the early 2000s.”

Roxbury Historical Society President Marge Cushing presented the awards. “I’d just like to say that it’s wonderful being part of a community that has this heritage and that still has – in spite of how large it’s grown – a sense of neighborliness and connections,” she said. “It’s just a good place to be. It really is.”

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