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

Visit Walpack for the Holidays

Visiting the country this holiday season? Take a journey into Sussex County and visit Walpack History. The Rosenkrans Museum and the Walpack Church will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public on December 2, 3, and 9th from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 10th from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The WHS's Annual Holiday Dinner - Dec 10. at the Walpack Inn

Once again we have arranged to offer an expanded choice of entrees, including the Inn’s fabulous prime rib and brown bread. The cost includes the entree (with potato or rice), salad bar, dessert, coffee or tea and gratuity. Beverage orders are not included – $35 per person. Menu selections: Roast Prime Rib, Grilled Chicken, Tri-colored Tortellini, Fish (depending on availability) We will be collecting food stuffs for the local food

Fall Hike: The Walpack Bend - Sunday Nov. 5th

Join the Walpack Historical Society on Sunday November 5th as we explore the area around the Walpack Bend. The hike will be an easy 2 mile round trip. Meet at the Rosenkrans Museum in Walpack at 11:00 a.m. We will car pool to the Old Mine Road and start on the driveway leading to the Decker Ferry House. After visiting the Decker Ferry House, we’ll continue down the trail to

The Victorian Lady's Wardrobe - Sept. 17 at 1pm

On Sunday September 17th 2017 at 1:00-pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present a program by Lydia Chiappini demonstrating the construction of the Victorian Lady’s Wardrobe by deconstructing the various layers which support the fashion silhouette of the period, including hoop skirts, bustles, corsets, pantaloons and accessories. She will begin with an 1860’s costume and transform it to an 1880 period design. The costumes are period-correct originals based on the

July 16 - Thunder Mountain Ranch

On Sunday July 16th 2017 at 1:00-pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present a program on the Thunder Mountain Ranch of Bevans, NJ. The ranch was a camp for boys and consisted of 300 pristine acres in Sandyston Township, owned and operated by Artie and Arlene Cohen. The camp was open from 1953 to 1970. Photos and memories from wranglers at the ranch, campers, and the Cohen family will be

June 25 - The Van Scorder Knight House

Time/Place: Sunday, June 25 – 1:00 PM at the Methodist Church in Walpack Center. “Summer Knights Revisited” will be the topic of a program planned for 1 p.m. June 25 at the Walpack Methodist Church, located on Main Street in Walpack. The program is free and open to the general public. Following a presentation by Bob Byrandt, who will share his memories of the summers that he spent working on

The Civil War & Services for Pvt. Peter Peach - May 21

A special presentation by Patte Haggerty Frato of the Sandyston Historical Society – Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 1:00 pm at the Walpack Methodist Church, Walpack, NJ | Private Peter Peach served in the Civil War out of PA but lived at different times in his life in Sandyston, Montague, and Walpack Townships. Being that he is buried in Walpack, it’s only fitting that this program be presented in Walpack

Spring Dinner at the Walpack Inn

Time: April 23, 2017 at 1pm Join us at the Walpack Inn for a wonderful selection of food and beautiful vistas. For tickets or questions, call Chris Cunningham: 973-964-9697 Buy Tickets online and make your meal selection – Click Here.

In search of The Layton Family Cemetery

There will be a Hike “In search of The Layton Family Cemetery” on Sunday, April 2nd 2017 at 11:00 am at the Walpack Center. The hike should last about 3 hours and covers about 1.5 miles. Participants for the 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. PLEASE NOTE: Sturdy footwear, insect