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

June 25 - Thunder Mountain Ranch: From The Outside Looking In

Time/Place: Sunday, June 25 – 1:00 PM at the Methodist Church in Walpack Center. Presentation: “Many times during the summer I would see a long single file column of horses and riders traveling along Old Mine Road. They were campers at Thunder Mountain Ranch, a youth camp operated by Arthur and Arlene Cohen, and located on the Ridge Road north of Walpack Center. I was quite envious of the boys

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

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