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Keepers of Coursen Corners Open House Saturday, April 22 - 12:00- 4:00 pm 443 NJ-94, Newton, NJ 07860
Coursen House will be open this Saturday, April 22 from 12-4. We will be doing simple foods in the open hearth kitchen and tours of the house and garden. The Coursen House, built in 1805, was set to be torn down when the land that Lodestar Park was to be built on in Fredon, NJ was bought by the town. The Keeper's of Coursen's Corners came together to convince the town to leave the barn and farmhouse to the care of the Keepers.

A New Era: Women, Their Hats and Social Change Sunday April 23 1:00-4:00 Sparta Historical Society 336 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 (Use the Sparta Middle School Driveway)

The Lackawana Cutoff – Bill Strait Sunday April 30 1:30 pm Newton Baptist Church, 110 Main Street Newton, NJ Sponsored by the Sussex County Historical Society

New York Millinery Guild Presents Make and Talk About Hats
Thursday, May 11 Hat Making Workshop at 2:00- 4:00 pm ($35 for members $40 for non-members). Program 7:00 pm
The workshop and the program will be held at the Sparta Presbyterian Church 32 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 973-726-0883. spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com Sponsored by the Sparta Historical Society

History of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad: John Bazelewich
Thursday April 20 7:00 pm
Sussex County Historical Society
82 Main Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-6010
sussexcountyhs@gmail.com
http://www.sussexhistory.org

John Bazelewich will talk about the railroad since it was created in 1860 and how it served the county until 1976, when the line was acquired by Conrail.

The rail line was known for carrying ore from the New Jersey Zinc Company, limestone, milk and various agriculture products.

Bazelewich, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, is the Vice President of the Franklin Historical Society and President of the Sussex County Railroad Club.

Photos of Rail Station and Creameray in Tranquility, and Railroad Station and Creamery in Vernon/Macafee.

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This Thursday, the public will be treated to an illustrated lecture by John Bazelewich about the history of the Lehigh and Hudson River Railway. This talk will take place on April 20 at 7:00 PM at the Hill Memorial Building at 82 Main Street in Newton, the headquarters of the Sussex County Historical Society.

Wayne T. McCabe, President of the Historical Society, noted that “this will be the 5th in a series of 21 lectures this year on numerous topics about the history of our county”. He said that the lectures are tied into the 100th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Hill Memorial Building.

Bazelewich said he will talk about the railroad since it was created in 1860 and how it served the county until 1976, when the line was acquired by Conrail. John said that the line was headquartered in Warwick, New York, and entered the county at Vernon and passed down through the eastern part of the county before passing out through Green Township. The line there went on to Belvidere and Allentown, PA.

The rail line was known for carrying ore from the New Jersey Zinc Company, limestone, milk and various agriculture products.
Bazelewich, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, is the Vice President of the Franklin Historical Society and President of the Sussex County Railroad Club.

McCabe noted that the lecture is free to the public and is partially funded through a grant from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. He also said that at least two more lectures about the Lackawanna Cut-Off and the Sussex Railroad will be given in the next three weeks by the Society in Newton.

After passing through stations at Sparta Junction, Andover, and Huntsville, the last stop in the county for the L. & H.R. was at Tranquility. Here in the early morning on a late spring day in 1907, the south bound passenger train is just arriving. A couple standing on the platform by the tracks look at the photographer, while another group of women wait on the porch of the passenger station. A horse-drawn buckboard stands in back of the station waiting to take some of these people back home.

First referred to as West Vernon, McAfee Valley, and later shortened to McAfee, was a thriving manufacturing and mining community. This 1911 image shows the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway station, with the freight station and creamery in the background. This station was very close to the large limestone quarrying operations in McAfee. The railroad had separate sidings for the quarry, as they shipped large quantities of block limestone often being taken to the greater New York area for use as building materials.

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Unfortunately, we have to cancel our Spring Luncheon (Saturday April 8)

Sunday April 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm Alex Everitt - Truck Farming in Sussex County
Sussex County Historical Society
82 Main Street, Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-6010
http://www.sussexhistory.org/
sussexcountyhs@gmail.com

The latest from the Sussex County History Alliance’s Facebook page…

Interesting. Thank you the Franklin Historical Society for posting.

Happenings - Have a Historic Weekend!!

Keepers of Coursen Corners Open House Saturday, April 22 - 12:00- 4:00 pm 443 NJ-94, Newton, NJ 07860
Coursen House will be open this Saturday, April 22 from 12-4. We will be doing simple foods in the open hearth kitchen and tours of the house and garden. The Coursen House, built in 1805, was set to be torn down when the land that Lodestar Park was to be built on in Fredon, NJ was bought by the town. The Keeper's of Coursen's Corners came together to convince the town to leave the barn and farmhouse to the care of the Keepers.

A New Era: Women, Their Hats and Social Change Sunday April 23 1:00-4:00 Sparta Historical Society
336 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 (Use the Sparta Middle School Driveway)

The Lackawana Cutoff Presentation by Bill Strait Sunday April 30 1:30 pm Newton Baptist Church, 110 Main Street Newton, NJ Sponsored by the Sussex County Historical Society

New York Millinery Guild Presents Make and Talk About Hats
Thursday, May 11 Hat Making Workshop at 2:00- 4:00 pm ($35 for members $40 for non-members). Program 7:00 pm
The workshop and the program will be held at the Sparta Presbyterian Church 32 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 973-726-0883. spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com Sponsored by the Sparta Historical Society