Waterloo Village, a beautiful New Jersey state park and open-air museum, has a long history of bringing joy to people of all ages, bringing the past alive for hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years.
The Highlands Festival at Waterloo is an opportunity to see the living history of the Highlands first-hand.
Walking tours of the Historic Village will be given every hour on the hour by the New Jersey State Park Service. Meet at the Village Garden.
Historic Buildings Tours
The New Jersey State Park Service and the Canal Society of New Jersey will have the following buildings open and staffed with knowledgeable guides during the entire festival: Grist Mill, Blacksmith Shop, Smith’s Store, Rutan’s Cabin and the Canal Society Museum.
Waterloo United Methodist Church Tours
The charming and historic Waterloo United Methodist Church has been an active congregation for more than 150 years. It will be open for tours with volunteers available to share its history and answer questions.
The Canal Society of New Jersey will be giving canal rides on the Morris Canal on SATURDAY ONLY from noon to 5 p.m. The Morris Canal was a 107-mile canal across northern New Jersey that flows through Waterloo Village. In use from the late 1820s to the 1920s, it stretched from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Jersey City on the Hudson River. Two-thirds of the Canal traversed the New Jersey Highlands, linking the over 500 Highlands mines and thousands of acres of farm produce with east coast markets, and hauling Pennsylvania anthracite to fuel the busy Highlands iron works. Many of today’s towns and villages in the Highlands originally developed as Canal ports. The National Landmark Morris Canal provides a unifying historically themed connection within the Highlands and with the cities and towns to the east that depended on the Highlands’ resources. Today, those cities still depend on the Highlands—not for iron, but for water.
The Musconetcong Watershed Association is offering kayak rides on Waterloo Lake. They provide the kayaks, paddle, personal flotation devices (PFDs) and instruction. Near the Smith Store. $5 donation requested.
Fly Casting and Fly Tying Demonstrations
Shannon’s Fly and Tackle will offer fly casting and tying demonstrations throughout the festival. Learn the technique for casting from the experts. See them near the Grist Mill.
Front Porch Blue Grass Jam
A great line-up of local blue grass bands will play traditional front-porch jams in the Historic Village.
Community Drum Circle
Led by the incomparable Marafanyi, bring your hand drums and other percussion instruments for a jam on Saturday afternoon by the waterfront.
The Spirit Hoopers from Whirled Revolution are the most amazing young performers you will find in north west Jersey – or maybe in the whole “whirled.” What started out as a kids’ hula hoop class evolved into an exciting, dynamic, performance troupe. These girls, who range in age from 10-17, have been performing together for 4 years. They have hearts that allow them to share their talents with all who ask, but their true desire is to perform at events that will benefit a greater cause.