State will remove old houses at Long Pond site West Milford. Two dilapidated homes along the Greenwood Lake Turnpike may soon be taken down by the state, according to officials.
The Stephens family home at Long Pond Ironworks Historic District is declared dangerous and unsafe in its present condition and will be removed by the state of New Jersey.
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Two houses at the Long Pond Ironworks historic site are beyond repair and are at, or close to, the top of a state of New Jersey list for demolition. Both are visible from Greenwood Lake Turnpike (Passaic County Route 511). They are considered dangerous and eyesores, according to a report from The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks historic district. The Stephens house is to the right of the Long Pond Ironworks Visitor Center, and the other house is across the road from the center. It was badly damaged in a storm a few years ago. The Stephens house, a Craftsman-style bungalow, dates back to 1895. The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks organization would have liked to have seen the structure saved. However, time took its toll and the building continued to deteriorate to reach its present state. The other house to be demolished, across the road from the Visitor Center, was the parsonage. It has never been considered significant historically by FOLPI because it was not constructed until the 1950s. The volunteer group is now turning its attention to the historic church on the property, also visible from Greenwood Lake Turnpike. FOLPI grants person Kerry O’Brien is working to obtain funding from the 1772 Foundation. The group wants to move ahead to stabilize the church steeple, and then restore the interior and exterior of the building. FOLPI is a 501-C3 nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to restoring and interpreting the remaining structures and the history behind them. It is recognized by the State of New Jersey. FOLPI business meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at the Long Pond Ironworks Visitor Center and Museum. All FOLPI members and the general public are welcome to attend. The Long Pond Ironworks Museum is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April to November. Walking tours are conducted on the second Saturday of the month at noon and 2 p.m. Group tours are available year-round by arrangement.