By: Caitlin Doran
Since our first community cleanup of the property back in November 2014, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and our supporters have dreamed of completing the restoration of the historic Lake Hopatcong Station building. With your help this Giving Tuesday, restoration can be completed!
While we have secured grants to cover the preponderance of the remaining work, this Giving Tuesday we are asking for your support to help us reach our destination. We’ve set a goal of raising $5,000 to help fund the final phase to include the remaining interior work and the permanent signage along Landing Road which will match the fieldstone exterior of the building.
As you may remember, our journey began six years ago with the acquisition of the over 100-plus-year-old Lake Hopatcong Station. In December of 2018, with a lot of help and hard work, the station became our permanent home. By Spring of 2019, the building was opened to the community as the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center - for meetings, educational presentations, exhibits, roundtables, and more. This building has hosted public officials, student groups, community organizations, and others. Until COVID, it was on the path to becoming what we dreamed it would be: a nexus of activity and education for the Lake Hopatcong region. With your help, we will finish the journey!
Find out more about the restoration of the Lake Hopatcong Station HERE.
If you are able to make a donation of $250 or more during our Giving Tuesday campaign, we have a special treat! In 2015, the skilled artists of Lilliput Lane in northern England created miniature models of the station, to help raise money during the early days of the restoration. Entirely hand-crafted and hand-painted in Great Britain, this collectible piece can be yours, with your deep appreciation for your support! Each mini train station is gift-boxed and comes with an official deed. Pickup/delivery of your train station will be arranged immediately after your donation. There are only a limited number left, and when they are gone, they’re gone!
Thank you for contributing to this year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign, and thank you to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the private foundations and donors who helped make this possible!