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12th annual Sussex County Heritage Weekend will be held on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The 12th Annual Sussex County Heritage Weekend sponsored by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council will be held on Oct. 8th and 9th, 2022.

The council invites residents and visitors to enjoy a self-guided tour. It is an opportunity to explore and experience the many varied facets of history and culture within Sussex County.

Discover the uniqueness of Sussex County and its heritage. For site specific info, one can access an interactive map. On this year’s, participating sites are identified by which day(s) they are scheduled to be open. Each symbol has an info box that offers further details, as you click on them. Information is also in a printable brochure, along with a presentation of historical sites opening on this weekend, posted at Do check each site’s website or Facebook info, included on the map, for any changes. Sussex County’s Historic Markers are also indicated on the map.

The heritage weekend participating historical sites are:

  • Saturday only: Franklin’s Historical Heritage Museum, and Ogdensburg’s Old Schoolhouse & Firehouse
  • Open Saturday and Sunday: Byram’s Roseville Schoolhouse Museum; Hardyston’s Old Monroe
    Schoolhouse [GPS use Franklin ]; our county’s historical society at the Hill Memorial Museum in Newton;
    Sandyston’s Peters Valley School of Craft Gallery; Stillwater’s Historical Museum.
  • Sunday only: Branchville Borough’s Historical Museum; Lafayette’s Ludlum-Mabee House; Lake Hopatcong’s Historical Museum; the Van Kirk Homestead Museum and the Sparta Train Station in Sparta; Vernon Historical’s Price’s Switch Schoolhouse; the Van Campen Inn and the Walpack Center Historic District -in Walpack; Wantage’s Elias Van Bunschooten Museum and the Old Clove Church.

The volunteer-run historical sites look forward to welcoming residents and visitors. Sites within the NJ State
Parks and at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) are regulated by those agencies.
Please mask where it may be required.

One can also visit the Waterloo Village Historic Site, drive over the Western Highlands Scenic Byway, and stroll through or drive these other Historic Districts: White Deer Plaza and Boardwalk in Sparta, the Newton Town Plot, Lafayette Village, Peters Valley/Bevans, Old Mine Road, and the High Point State Park & New Jersey Veterans Memorial.

Historical society run sites do not charge admission during this weekend – but appreciate donations & those who can support their efforts. A few will offer a special presentation or exhibit. Day(s) and hours vary – dependent on available docent coverage. Some local farms and farm markets that reflect our agricultural heritage are also shown. There will be one day festivals on Spring St. in Newton, and at Stillwater.

All this information is on the interactive map at and in the brochure.

All Sussex County historical society managed sites, even those that will not open this particular weekend, are on the map – in case you want to visit them another time.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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