Your Weekend Assignment #126: What is the most interesting thing about where you live?
Wow...where to start. Stanhope is a small town, but there is a lot to see and do crammed in. For all you historical reenactment buffs, we have Waterloo Village (an authentic 19th century Morris Canal port town) and Wild West City (a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events and a frontier town re-creation.)
We've been to Waterloo a few times. They have concerts there, family events like the annual NJ Wine & Cheese Festival, Octoberfest, and various other fun things. We haven't been to Wild West City because I don't think Tyler is old enough to really enjoy it yet. Maybe next year.
For you out-of-towners, we have one of the prettiest Bed and Breakfast Inns in the state. Check out The Whistling Swan - authentic Victorian tranquility. They give tours and the place is especially pretty during the Christmas season.
Then for you music lovers, we have the Stanhope House. Read their history page to learn more about this Blues Music venue's storied history (stage coach stop, post office, brothel!) Some really famous names have played here.
Yep, our little lake side town has loads to offer. Plus it's scenic, quiet, and a great place to raise a family. Hmm. I just wish the property taxes weren't so high. That thorn in our side is just enough irritation to make me have that itch to move elsewhere. I am always looking at homes for sale, but I never quite get around to putting this house into salable order.
As Jimmy Durante once said... Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go, and still have the feeling that you wanted to stay?
Extra Credit: Are there any books that feature your home town (or someplace nearby) in any way?
Well, yes! Lots. We're in quite a historic area, so our town is mentioned in loads of places.
- Waterloo and Byram Township, NJ
- Hopatcong, NJ: A Century of Memories
- Sussex County, NJ
- Karen Brown's Mid-Atlantic: Charming Inns & Itineraries (the Whistling Swan is on Page 148)