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.”