Lafayette celebrates its historic district with fair

| 19 May 2014 | 11:28

In December 2013, the historic business district of Lafayette, was placed on the state and national registry of historic places, and Lafayette celebrated with a street fair and open house at the newly-restored Ludlum-Mabee House on Saturday, May 17.

Restoration of the Ludlum-Mabee House, formerly the municipal building on Route 15, has been a long-term museum project of the Lafayette Center Preservation Foundation, a local non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of Lafayette's historical legacy.

At the Ludlum-Mabee House, informal tours were conducted, and local historian Alex Everitt answered questions about the historic district and conducted a walking tour of the area. Outside, near the banks of the Paulenskill River, the North Jersey Antique Engine Club provided exhibits and activities, and a wool-spinning demonstration.

At the Lafayette Mill, 20 vendors joined the 55 regular dealers for a flea market, and Fuzzy Nation, a specialty pet boutique located in the old vaudeville theater, hosted a pet adoption day to benefit the Wantage Animal Shelter, Father John's Animal House, and One Step Closer Animal Rescue.

A wine-tasting by Cava Winery was also held at Applewood Antiques.

— Photos by Amy Cilli