About Us

Walpack Historical Society

historical-signThe Walpack Historical Society had its first meeting on Sunday, October 27, 1984 at the Walpack M. E. Church in Walpack Center, New Jersey. The Society was officially organized in July of 1985.

At the time the Society was formed most of Walpack and the surrounding area had been purchased by the Army Corp of Engineers as it fell within the proposed Tocks Island Dam project. The administration of the area was then turned over to the National Park Service and designated as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

With the demise of the dam project, Congress designated that the area of the Delaware River in the Tri-States area should be preserved as wild and scenic. On March 31, 1989, the Society was given the use of the Rosenkrans house in Walpack Center as a museum and headquarters for the Society. During 1995-1997 the Losey/Robbins house and the former post office in Walpack Center were added, under an agreement with the National Park Service.

Contact us:
(973) 948-4903 or info@walpackhistory.org

Mailing Address:
Walpack Historical Society
P.O. Box 212
Layton, NJ 07857

WHS Book Store welcomes 6 new titles

Look for these new titles next time you visit our Book Store. Click the images to visit the store. Kittatinny Trails Price: $16 Maps of the High Point Park, Stokes State Forest, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Warthington State Forest. Maps made by the people who built the trails. New York -New Jersey Trail Conference.   1609: A County that was Never Lost Price: $20 Author: Kevin W.

January 2017 Newsletter

Articles Students Revitalize Walpack Center Out of the Weeds: The Smith-Dodd House Now it’s Our Turn – Rosenkrans Museum Paint Project Walpack Holidays – Event Photos Read/Download: January 2017 Newsletter

Mystery Hike

There will be a Mystery Hike on Sunday, November 6th 2016 at 11:00 am at the Walpack Center. The hike should last about 3 hours. Participants for the mystery hike will gather at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap NRA and carpool to the starting location. Remember to set your clocks back the night before. PLEASE NOTE: Sturdy footwear, insect repellent,

The 6th Annual Sussex County Heritage Weekend - Oct 8-9

October 8-9, 2016, Sussex County – Sponsored by the Sussex county Art & Heritage Council, this annual weekend provides an opportunity to explore many of Sussex County historical sites and museums. While touring our County, stop at our local farms to pick some pumpkins or apples & enjoy our farmers markets, wineries and restaurants. Stay at our fine hotels and B&B’s. Make sure to drive along the Western Highlands Scenic

September 2016 Newsletter

Articles A New Roof for the Rosenkrans Museum – Part 2 The Smith-Lennington Farm Bookstore News – 3 New books The Lights are On Read/Download: September 2016 Newsletter

Mission Churches of Walpack

Recalling the Western Sussex Missions Join us Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a presentation by Alicia Batko about the Mission Churches, St. Matthew’s and Our Lady of Blue Mountain, that used to be in Walpack before the Tock Island Dam project forced them to close. The presentation will be held at 1pm the First Methodist Church in Walpack Center. Alicia Batko is the Montague Township Historian and also a member of

Ghost Waters - Tocks Island Dam

June 26th @ 1pm the WHS is having a presentation of Ghost Waters – Tocks Island Dam at the Methodist Church in Walpack Center, produced by Yeti Nest Films. For those of you that can’t make it to showing, click the following link to see the movie for FREE on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 15 - Carmer's Fort

Please join us next Sunday at 1pm for an insightful presentation about Carmer’s Fort given by the Spangenbergs. There are many intriguing facts about the Fort and it’s history and the Society welcomes the presentation to bring insight to our visitors and guests. May 15, Sunday at 1pm – All are welcome! Walpack Center at the First Methodist Church.

Walpack Membership Spring Dinner 2016

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the country! You are invited to join the Walpack Historical Society at our Annual Spring Dinner at the Walpack Inn on Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 pm. Once again, we have arranged to offer an expanded choice of entrees, including the Inn’s fabulous prime rib and brown bread. The cost is $35.00/person. The price includes the entrée (with potato or rice), salad bar, dessert, coffee