CSNJ November Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10
Morris County Cultural Center

POST-CANAL HISTORY OF INCLINED PLANE 9 WEST


By: Jim Lee, Jr. & Jim Lee, III

In the 1950s, long before there was a Morris Canal Greenway Project, Jim Lee, Sr., acquired the site of Inclined Plane 9 West in Warren County and moved his family into the plane tender's house. In this presentation Jim's son and grandson will tell how three generations of the Lee family have explored, restored and interpreted the site for thousands of visitors and are now helping to develop Plane 9 as a Warren County Heritage Area. We will hear about the history of the property, see pictures of the archeological digs that inspired a generation of canal fans, learn of the challenges that lie ahead, and hear about plans for the future.



Jim Lee, Jr., is a retired engineering manager previously working for Bowe Bell & Howell at various locations for 38 years. He grew up at the Morris Canal's Plane 9 West near Stewartsville where he assisted his late father in preservation efforts there and in the excavation of the turbine chamber. He presently lives at Plane 10 West near Phillipsburg on property that has been lived on by members of his family since before the canal was abandoned. Jim is a member of the Warren County Morris Canal Committee, a volunteer organization that is an adjunct to the Warren County Planning Dept.
Jim Lee III, is an archeologist with Hunter Research and is following in the footsteps of his well-known grandfather, Morris Canal bistorian, Jim Lee. He currently resides at Plane 9 West.

Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center

From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.

From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.

From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.