Next Meeting is
scheduled for November 18, 2016
7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10 p.m.
Friday, November 18th – 7:30 pm – Refreshments at 7:00
Morris County Cultural Center
300 Mendham Road, Morris Township
The program originally planned for this meeting, featuring author Kevin Wright, has been canceled.
Kevin passed away suddenly only a short time after we planned for him to tell us about his recent book
The Morris Canal and the Age of Ingenuity. Kevin was a long time CSNJ member and a noted historian.
The Highlands Morris Canal Boat
At out last meeting we learned about the discovery of the remains of a Morris Coal boat in Highlands, New Jersey.
This fall the boat was donated to the CSNJ and on October 8th Bill McKelvey and the Liberty Historic Railway, Inc.
with help from society members transported the boat to Waterloo Village. It was quite an adventure. Join us as
Joe Macasek, Bill McKelvey and Rich Richter recount through pictures and videos the trials and tribulations
they faced as they undertook what turned out to be a momentous task.
A Great Year in Review
Throughout the year Canal Society committee members have been working hard to complete projects. In addition
to our main presentation, we will take a few minutes to review some of the things we have accomplished
ranging from expanded Waterloo programming to Greenway land acquisition and improved communications.
In addition we will preview some of the exciting plans we have for next year.
Before the evening’s presentations CSNJ member Deb Wefferling will prepare and serve a light supper
of lasagna with apple crisp for dessert. Deb’s culinary skills are well known among members,
so please come early to enjoy food and friendly conversation before the meeting.
We will also have a few copies of The Morris Canal and the Age of Ingenuity
for sale along with our usual wide selection of canal and local history books.
This exciting picture of a boat crossing the summit of Plane 9 West was recently used on the cover of Kevin Wright’s book on the Morris Canal.
Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center
From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.
From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.
From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.