An Eagle Scout candidate has worked to preserve some history at the Van Riper-Hopper House Museum for his community service project.
Chad Raess created a new display case for a wooden water pipe that used to exist on Preakness Avenue. Raess had to procure the wood, Plexiglas, and other materials for the case.
Raess, a Boy Scout with Troop 107 in Pompton Lakes, has an appreciation for history and visited the museum as a Cub Scout. The museum was built in 1786. The Dutch Colonial is one of old buildings in the state.
“This place really shows you how people lived back then,” Raess said. “I felt like I had a responsibility to take on a project like this.”
Raess, a sophomore at Wayne Valley High School, also cordoned off grinding stone that rests against one walls behind the house and placed a commemorative plaque on it.
An Eagle Scout candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges before he can attempt to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Raess has earned more than 30 merit badges.
Raess led a team of 10 Scouts and four adults to complete the project. The team worked about 150 hours to complete the project.
“It was a fun project to work on,” Raess’ father Charlie said. “This place needs a lot of help and it’s a fun place to come and learn about local history.”
Carol D’Alessandro, museums coordinator for the township, said she is grateful to Raess and his team for the work they did.