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November 21, 2014

Contact:  Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Bob Considine (609) 984-1795


(14/P125) TRENTON – The staff at historic Waterloo Village in Sussex County will be doing more than celebrating the rich history of Thanksgiving foods during the Feast on History celebration this Sunday. They will also be collecting coats for those in need through Jersey Cares.

The staff came up with the idea this week, when a school group had to cancel a visit to Waterloo because many of the students did not have proper coats for the sudden onset of cold weather.

“We were all so excited about the visit, and then this. We just couldn’t imagine something like this,” said Andrea Proctor, interpretive specialist for Waterloo Village. “Whether we get 10 coats, 100, or 1,000, it doesn’t matter – we will make a difference somewhere.”

Running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Feast on History event features Thanksgiving foods from various periods throughout history as prepared by Jeffrey A. Miller Catering, a full-service catering company recently hired by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry. The firm was hired to provide a wide range of catering services, including business meetings, picnics, holiday parties and other special events.

“I am truly proud of the staff at Waterloo for coming up with this idea and encourage residents and visitors to come out on Sunday and donate coats, whether they plan to partake in the Feast on History event or not,” said State Park Service Director Mark Texel. “This effort reminds us that this is what Thanksgiving is really about – helping others in need.”

Waterloo is a 19th-century village that contains a working gristmill, a general store, blacksmith shop, a canal museum and several historic houses. The village is located on the banks of the Morris Canal.  An early 19th-century log cabin farm site and 17th-century Lenape Indian Village exhibit are also located at the site.

Waterloo Village is open dawn to dusk and the Historic Site Office is open Wednesday through Sunday 10a.m. to 4p.m.  Call for (973) 347-1835 for historic programming and event information. Waterloo Village is located within Allamuchy Mountain State Park, in Byram Township, west of Stanhope. The address is 525 Waterloo Road, Stanhope 07874.

For more information on Waterloo Village and Allamuchy Mountain State Park, visit: For more information on Jersey Cares, visit:




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