By: Lake Hopatcong Foundation
Please join us on July 2, at 12:30 pm for the second webinar in our “Thirst for Knowledge” lunch-and-learn webinar series, "Lake Hopatcong's Rise as a Great Resort." Discover what led to Lake Hopatcong’s rise as a great resort and what occurred in the ensuing years as Lake Hopatcong historian Marty Kane takes you on a journey back in time to an era when Lake Hopatcong was called the “Jewel of the Mountains.”
In an age before jets, air conditioning, and superhighways, Lake Hopatcong was a major northeast resort. Within easy reach of large cities to the east, Lake Hopatcong’s large size and location at over 900 feet above sea level made it the perfect destination. Within a few years, after train service began in the 1880s, there were hotels, cottages, and campsites being built. From hotels with 250 rooms to simple campsites, New Jersey’s largest lake soon had it all. On a typical summer evening, the choice of activities might include listening to jazz at various hotels, dancing at one of the dance halls, entertainment by big-name vaudeville stars at one of the pavilions, a dock or theme party, or a visit to one of the lake’s two amusement parks. Weekends were filled with events from boat races to water carnivals to beauty pageants to recovering from the previous evening’s activities. From the 1880s through the 1930s the lake welcomed thousands each year, including leaders in government, industry, and entertainment.
Our "Thirst for Knowledge” lunch-and-learn webinar series was created to share information and discuss topics of interest to our lake community. There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required. Don't forget your lunch!