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Celery Farm’s Jim Wright to speak at Coalition Luncheon on October 29th at Ramsey Country Club

September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Jim Wright of Allendale will illuminate the history of the John Fell House and the Celery Farm nature refuge at the annual luncheon sponsored by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition. Wright will explain the unsung John Fell’s heroic role in the Revolutionary War and discuss the house that bears his name and the swamp that he owned — better known today as the 107-acre Celery Farm.Wright, who writes the popular “Bird Watcher” column for The Record, is in a unique position to talk about John Fell and the Celery Farm. He has written extensively on both subjects, and he is deputy warden of the natural area — once called Fell’s Meadows.


As a Halloween bonus, he plans to read his ghost story ‘Phantoms of the Ramapos’ out-loud, a tale, set in 1938, featuring the Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway, an armed bank robbery in Allendale, and a cameo appearance by the Darlington School house in Mahwah.

A slide show featuring archival photos will illustrate Wright’s talk and ghost story. A rumor is circulating that the spirit of John Fell may appear as well, but it is unconfirmed.

Tickets are $40 and include lunch and the talk, with proceeds benefiting all of the members of the Northwest Bergen History Coalition — the Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood, the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, the John Fell House in Allendale, the Hopper-Goetschius House Museum in Upper Saddle River, the Old Stone House in Ramsey, the Mahwah Museum, the Van Allen House in Oakland, the Zabriskie House n Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes Historical Society and the Museum at the Station in Glen Rock.

For information contact Jean Hildebrandt, 201-891-9409 or Michelle Dugan, 201-995-0171 (mfdugan(at)verizon.net). To order tickets, send check payable to USR Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 or visit www.usrhistoricalsociety.org.

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Video: Ramsey Farmer’s Indoor Market

April 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Brandon Lum from Ramapo College produced this excellent video of the indoor version of the Ramsey Farmer’s Market that runs December thru March at Smith School in Ramsey (otherwise the market is in its usual location at the Ramsey, NJ train station parking lot).

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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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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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