Waterloo Village

Byram Township, Sussex County and Mount Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey

In 2013 Hunter Research, together with Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, revised the nomination, adjusting the boundaries, for the New Jersey and National Register-listed Waterloo Village in Morris and Sussex Counties, New Jersey. Waterloo Village is a 19th-century canal village with 18th-century origins as an iron forge. The village is located in Allamuchy Mountain State Park and straddles the Musconetcong River, which played an important role in the history and development of the area. The Morris Canal crossed the river at Waterloo in the late 1820s, with a segment running alongside the river generating much of the village’s mid-19th century development.

Hunter Research researched and field-evaluated historic and archaeological resources on both sides of the Musconetcong River and also considered the archaeological potential of the river bed itself.  Specific resources assessed included the inclined plane and related features, the Sussex Railroad, and ice-making operations. Our firm also provided research on the various water-powered milling operations along the river, including the sites of 18th-century ironworking facilities. The Waterloo Village Historic District Boundary Increase was entered into the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places on February 5, 2015 and the National Register of Historic Places on April 28, 2015.