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Then and Now: Smitty’s

Long known as Smitty’s, this spot in the Woodport section of the lake has long been a stopping point for boaters and diners alike.  And over time, the shoreline around it has shifted from forested acreage to suburban development.

Then: Agustice Smith opened a small general store in the Woodport section of Lake Hopatcong in the 1920s.  Later known as Smitty’s Lakeview Tavern, it featured dancing every Saturday, fishing, boating, and bathing.  Smith’s roadside stand was located on a Woodport shoreline with little development around it.

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Now: In 1965, the property was damaged extensively by fire and needed to be rebuilt.  During this period, it became a popular marina as well as tavern.  Today, it is home to Oh! Sullivan’s Pub, a restaurant and bar, in addition to a marina.

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These and dozens of other "Then and Now" images and stories are available in an updated version of Lake Hopatcong: Then and Now by Marty Kane, president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum. Purchase that and other lake-related history books here on the museum’s website. And see hundreds of photos and other historical paraphernalia at the museum, which is located in Hopatcong State Park.

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