Saturday 05 November 2011


   Today’s visitor to Crater Lake, at the end of a long dirt road on the Kittatinny Ridge in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, would never guess that the lake once hosted a thriving summer vacation community, had a sister lake (Lake Success) and was the scene of outdoor M asses on the lake, officiated by Father Jack Cassidy.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township will host Ms. Priscilla Hayes for a program on Crater Lake’s past at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Society’s museum.

Ms. Hayes will make the invisible history of the lake visible again, including its several name changes, and its beginnings as the site of the Ah - Ka - Mon Inn, which offered meals and rooms year round , plus provisions and tents for those who wanted to camp at the lake. She will describe how the first homeowners won “free lot certificates,” either with purchases of furniture in far - away Jersey City or in newspaper crossword contests. Who were the members of the community around the lake, and how did they come to leave us their beautiful lands to enjoy today?

The Historical Society’s museum is located at 900 Main Street, Stillwater, NJ. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, visit [link] , or e-mail to: -email-.

Priscilla Hayes is combining her interests in the environment and history to create an environmental and social hist ory of Crater Lake, and another former resort area, the Deserted Village of Feltville, in the Watchung Reservation, Union County. She is the Director of Energy and Sustainability at Far Hills Country Day School.

The Historical Society of Stillwater Township is a 501(c)3 non - profit organization. It is the mission of HSST to foster and promote an interest in Stillwater area history through the education and preservation of family information, local cemetery records, artifacts, sites and structures and to maintain an historical and genealogical library and museum.

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