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4th Annual History Day: Tour nine NW Bergen museums with one ticket

April 7th, 2014 | No Comments

Join the Northwest Bergen History Coalition in celebrating New Jersey’s 350th anniversary on Saturday, April 26.

From 11 AM to 4 PM nine historical homes and museums will be open to the public to tour and enjoy. Using the themes of diversity, innovation, and liberty each site will feature an exhibit spotlighting their place in New Jersey’s history. The museums and historic homes on the tour include:

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus The John Fell House, Allendale Mahwah Museum, Mahwah Van Allen House, Oakland The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood Hopper-Goetschius House, Upper Saddle River The Old Stone House, Ramsey The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at: The Schoolhouse Museum; Thursday and Saturday 1 to 3 pm; Sundays 2 to 4 pm Abma’s Farm Market, Wyckoff; Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5:30 pm Mahwah Museum, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm The Hermitage Museum, Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 pm

Tickets are $15 day of event. Children 12 and under are FREE and will receive a special fun ticket. Children can participate in an activity at each museum. All proceeds benefit the 9 historic sites.

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St. Nicks Day Open House on December 8

October 9th, 2013 | No Comments

St. Nicholas Day will be held on December 8th at the Old Stone House from 1pm to 4pm. St. Nick himself will be visiting to help us celebrate the holidays at Ramsey’s oldest home. In this special open house children can visit with St. Nicholas, the traditional colonial Dutch Santa Claus. Visitors will also enjoy tours of the Old Stone House decorated for Christmas, and our restored circa 1800 Jacob May barn. There will be demonstrations of open hearth cooking, and children can make old fashioned crafts and tree trimmings with the help of our local Ramsey girl Scout Troops. As always free refreshments will be on hand so don’t miss this annual Ramsey tradition.

The Old Stone House is Ramsey’s oldest home and is on both the National and New Jersey register of historic places. It features restored rooms with colonial period furnishings, a children’s museum filled with objects common at the turn of the century and a library of books on local and NJ history. For more information go to ramseyhistorical.org.

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Fall Event: Apple Cider the old Fashioned Way

October 9th, 2013 | No Comments

The Ramsey Historical Association will be holding its Fall Open House at the Old Stone House Museum and May Barn at 538 Island Road from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Volunteers will break out an antique apple grinder and cider press to demonstrate how apple cider was made. Visitors will get to enjoy free apple cider and cider-dipped donuts.

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St. Nick’s Day, 2012

December 3rd, 2012 | No Comments

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What if Lincoln and McClellan had debated? A Lincoln Luncheon

September 17th, 2012 | No Comments

Download this form to sign up: Lincoln-McClellan Luncheon Form

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Northwest Bergen County History Day

May 8th, 2012 | No Comments

The Ramsey Historical Association will be participating in the second annual Northwest Bergen County History Day on Saturday May 19th 2012. Ramsey’s oldest home, the Old Stone House Museum will be open along with 7 other nearby historical home/museums including the Schoolhouse Museum, John Fell House, The Hermitage, Hopper-Goetschius House, Mahwah Museum, Zabriskie House, and Van Allen House.

Hours will be 10:00 – 4:00 pm and this year in honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, each site will feature special exhibits about the Civil War era.

Tickets are $10 and include admission to all 8 sites. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available in advance at the Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood or at Abma’s Farm Market in Wyckoff or on site at the locations. For more information call 201-652-7354 or email at info@ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org.

Map of participating historical sites.

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The Ramsey Farmers Market Proudly Announces Its Third Season!

May 7th, 2012 | No Comments

By Nancy Boone, originally published in the Ramsey Journal

This winter season our Ramsey Farmers’ Market took a leap of faith when it ventured on to become Bergen County’s first community based indoor farmers’ market. Choosing the Eric Smith School cafeteria for a location and held every Sunday from December through March, over 20 vendors brought their seasonal produce and great artisan products for our community to continue to enjoy. Word spread rapidly and farmers’ market followers appeared from so many surrounding towns, a few new farmers and vendors joined the market and our winter market became a wonderful success, thanks also to the efforts of a talented and dedicated farmers’ market committee and support from Mayor Chris Botta, Borough Council members and our Council Liaison, Vanessa Jachzel.

Farmer Guy Jones, owner of BloomingHill Farm and former long time Ramsey resident, checks his organic produce at the indoor winter market as market goers choose from his seasonal produce.

Sponsored by the Ramsey Historical Association, the Ramsey Farmers’ Market will begin its 3rd season outdoors at the Main Street train station on June 10th, kicking off with our traditional Strawberry Festival hosted by the Woman’s Club of Ramsey. The market will continue outdoors every Sunday 9AM – 2PM through November 18th.

Beekeeper and owner, Wayne Dewell, displays his honey and honey products at the winter market. Children especially love his colorful and delicious honey sticks

Planning is already well on the way for another season offering the freshest produce and products from local farms and vendors. The market has planned plenty of family fun, music, chef demos, artisan exhibits, children’s crafts, and special events and hopes to serve as a resource for helping to make our town one committed to environmental sustainability and healthy living.

The outdoor market will continue its Pay it Forward program where visitors can bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Center for Food Action in Mahwah. Visit the market website www.ramseyfarmersmarket.org for a schedule of events and list of vendors.

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Ramsey Farmer’s Winter Market

November 13th, 2011 | No Comments

From the Suburban News by Allison Pries:

“The Ramsey Farmer’s Market is extending its season by moving indoors for the winter.

Beginning Dec. 4, about two dozen vendors will sell fruits, vegetables and specialty products in the Eric S. Smith Middle School cafeteria.

“We’ll be the only community-based farmer’s market that’s indoors,” said Nancy Boone, the market’s founder and manager.

The outside market, which sets up every Sunday at the Main Street train station, will end Nov. 20.

The Ramsey Farmer’s Market is in its second season and typically has about 30 vendors, Boone said.

Space constraints and the limited availability of vendors during the winter will make the indoor market slightly smaller.

In addition to food, the market has special events such as children’s activities and periodically a corner where artists and crafters bring their wares.

The market also hosts a weekly food drive. Customers are asked to bring non-perishable foods and many farmers donate fresh produce at the end of the day that is delivered to the Center for Food Action. That collection will continue during the winter.

The indoor market will run Sundays through March 25 (with the exception of Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and Feb. 19) and be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eric S. Smith Middle School is at 73 Monroe St. in Ramsey. For more information about the market visit ramseyfarmersmarket.org

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Cub Scouts Take in Ramsey History

November 2nd, 2011 | No Comments

Cub Scout Den 6 from Ramsey had the opportunity to take in the town’s history today with Ramsey local historian Tom Dater.

Cub Scout Den 6 and Tom Dater at the station.

The pack toured the photo display provided by the RHA inside the historic Ramsey train station (New Jersey’s oldest in service railway station) getting explanations of the subjects of each photograph from Tom.

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Ramsey, Then & Now – Version 2

October 31st, 2011 | 3 Comments

Based on an overwhelmingly positive response, the Ramsey, Then & Now historical video has been expanded with five times the original number of images:

Created as a video feature for the Ramsey Historical Association web site, this video presents a collage of locations in Ramsey as they appear today and as they appeared almost a century ago.

Special thanks to RHA President Paul Simpson and Emily Simpson for finding and taking the photographs, and my sister for helping to assemble them into a video.

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