The Story of Waterloo Village: From Colonial Forge to Canal Town

The Story of Waterloo Village: From Colonial Forge to Canal Town

by John R. Giles

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First established in the 1700s as a forge village, Waterloo--located in Sussex County, New Jersey--has endured several eras of decline and growth. An industrial hub and farming community, it played a role in the American Revolution. When the canal arrived, Waterloo reinvented itself into a vital transportation link that helped foster the new nation's first Industrial Revolution. The peacefulness of the canal belies the complex engineering required to integrate it into the village's footprint. Today, beautifully preserved colonial-era buildings complement pre-Civil War structures, Victorian mansions and twentieth-century edifices. Local author John Giles illuminates the constant ebb and flow of the history of Waterloo Village.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625852106
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Landmarks
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

John R. Giles served in the U.S. Army and army reserves for over thirty years, achieving the rank of colonel. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and the Canal Society of New Jersey. He volunteers at the Smith Store at Waterloo Village.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joe Macasek 5

Acknowledgements 7

Preface 9

1 Overview 15

2 The First Period of Growth and Decline: The Forge Era (1760-1830) 24

3 The Smiths Arrive at Waterloo 40

4 The Morris Canal 49

5 The Second Period of Growth and Decline: The Canal Era (1830-1870) 61

6 The Third Period of Growth and Decline: The Victorian Era and Early Twentieth Century (1870-1950) 79

7 The Fourth Period of Growth and Decline: The Modern Era (1950-Present Day) 96

8 The Buildings at Waterloo Today 103

Appendix A What Do We Call This Village? 149

Appendix B The Iron Act of 1750 153

Appendix C A Critical Review of Snell's History 157

Appendix D The Morris Canal and Banking Company 163

Appendix E Description of the Forge at Waterloo, Circa 1761-1795 169

Notes 175

Bibliography 183

Index 187

About the Author 191

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