Darlington Schoolhouse Renovation Phase 1: Exterior Restoration and Stabilization

Restoration of Darlington Schoolhouse

Phase I: Exterior Restoration and Stabilization

This project will transform the schoolhouse into the Trail Conference Headquarters and Visitors Center while preserving the historic building’s exterior and many of the architectural elements and finishes of the interior.

Now that the initial emergency efforts to stabilize the Darlington Schoolhouse are complete, the Trail Conference has turned its attention to the second, ambitious phase: transforming the building into a combination of workable office space, volunteer training facilities, and visitor center.

Phase II: Adaptive Re-Use and Environmental Visitor Center

The adaptive re-use of the Darlington Schoolhouse is bringing together people and organizations with a wide range of interests—conservation, recreation, architecture, history, community development, and citizen engagement—to create a new center for conservation service learning.  Once again, the 150-year tradition of community service and education will thrive at this historic location in Mahwah, Lenape for “where the trails meet.”

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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