Democrats hosting "The Wallisch Estate: Past, Present and Future"
WEST MILFORD — Steeped in history and with its future in peril, the Wallisch Estate is a West Milford asset that requires immediate attention and a long-term plan. On Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., the West Milford Democratic Club will be hosting a program entitled “The Wallisch Estate: Past, Present and Future,” designed to encourage thoughtful dialogue and consideration into the fate of this treasure in our backyard. The program will be held at Joey’s Vito and Michael’s Restaurant at 9 Lakeside Road in Hewitt and all members of the community are invited to attend.
Named among the “10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey 2012” by Preservation New Jersey, the Wallisch Estate has suffered through years of neglect and a unique ownership status plagued by a bureaucratic tug of war. According to Preservation New Jersey’s report, “It is vital that the township…consider developing a master plan for the site that would address the current needs of the buildings, establish appropriate and viable uses for the buildings and the grounds, and attract greater community interest and support in the property. Such a plan could be used to garner bricks and mortar funding and permit the township to 'hit the ground running' on preservation and reuse.”
Formally known as the “Tichenor-Gregory-Goddel-Wallisch Farmstead,” the property’s origins date to the Tichenor family – the same family whose historic homestead off Warwick Turnpike has deteriorated to the point of no return and now awaits a planned demolition. The West Milford Democratic Club, and numerous other organizations and individuals in town, do not wish the same fate to befall the Wallisch Estate.
The West Milford Historic Commission is currently applying for grants to help repair the homestead’s buildings. With timely care, the Wallisch Estate could become a lynch pin to attract history tourists and outdoor adventurers, with potential uses that range from an area tourism office to an extension of the West Milford Museum to biking and hiking along a Regional Heritage Trail, according to a release from the West Milford Democratic Club.
Several speakers with knowledge of the historical attributes and sharing a belief in preserving this asset will be on-hand to share their insights and foster discussion.
"Please join us and share in the discussion as we contemplate how to take action to preserve this treasure and envision the Wallisch Estate’s fate for future generations to enjoy," said Chris Garcia, Democratic Club president.
The West Milford Democratic Club is sponsoring and hosting this presentation as a non-partisan event open to everyone interested in the topics for discussion. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. The West Milford Democratic Club is actively seeking new members and welcomes anyone interested in participating. For further information or questions, contact Garcia at 201-787-6674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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