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Sparta in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Historic Lake Mohawk

Historic Lake Mohawk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 16, 2019
1. Historic Lake Mohawk Marker
Welcome to Historic Lake Mohawk
Before there was a lake, there was Brogden Meadow. Once a lush valley nestled between the rising hills, founders Arthur D. Crane and Herbert Closs thought this to be the perfect place for their vision: flood the valley and create a lake with a private resort community. The north flowing Wallkill River was dammed in 1926. By March 17, 1928, after insurmountable planning and hard work, the first waters crept over the spillway. Lake Mohawk would become a three and a half mile lake and a 2300 acre community.

Lake Mohawk is a man-made lake, developed by the Crane Company. The community known as the "Reservation" was originally dedicated on June 26, 1927.

White Deer Plaza is named in honor of the Mohawk Indian Princess, Princess White Deer, who renewed her dedicated at the 10th anniversary.

“The Great Spirit was kind; he heard the voice of White Deer. The valley of my people is now the valley of your people, and your flag is now my flag. Therefore, I raise this emblem over Lake Mohawk, and ask again that you continue here in health and happiness, and that you
Historic Lake Mohawk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 16, 2019
2. Historic Lake Mohawk Marker
enjoy great peace.”

The Lake Mohawk Ski Hawks were formed in 1962 by Lake Mohawk residents Barney O’Donnell and Cliff Probst. In the early 1990’s, the Ski Hawks became “New Jersey’s Official Water Ski Team” through the efforts of then Trustee Dave Schoener and the Office of Assemblyman Scott Garrett. The team currently performs a weekly show on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. during the summer season.

In 1988, White Deer Plaza and the Boardwalk District were added to the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places and are recognized for their unique architectural style known as “Lake Mohawk Tudor.”
Location. 41° 1.879′ N, 74° 38.442′ W. Marker is in Sparta, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of East Shore Trail and Winona Parkway (County Route 613), on the left when traveling north on East Shore Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta NJ 07871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Mohawk Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Krogh’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Princess White Deer (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sparta War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sparta
The Lake Mowhawk Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 16, 2019
3. The Lake Mowhawk Guardhouse
( left small plaque )
Our Gratitude to
The Lake Mohawk Powerboat Club
For Their Contribution Toward
the Restoration of This Guardhouse
— 2004 —

( right small plaque )
In Loving Memory of
Russell A. Beierle
Sept. 29, 1916 – March 24, 2004
In 1933 he began his successful real estate career with the
Arthur D. Crane Company. At this site he issued weekly paychecks
to the construction crews that developed Lake Mohawk.
The Beierle Family
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Amity School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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