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Old Stone House Will Be Open for History Day

April 28th, 2015 | No Comments

Old Stone House Will Be Open for History Day May 30th (10:00 – 4:00) Featuring an Exhibit on the Old Trolley Line (now the bike path)

Ramsey’s Old Stone House will be open as part of Northwest Bergen History Coalition’s 5th annual History Day where many local museums will be open for Tours. This year’s theme is transportation, exploring the various modes of 19th and 20th century transportation in Ramsey and the surrounding area.

Ten historical homes and museums will be open to the public to tour and enjoy. Joining the tour this year will be antique car collectors who will be stopping at the sites allowing visitors to see motorcars of the early 20th century. Ramsey’s own Old Stone House will feature a history of the Patterson to Suffern Trolley which once ran across Main Street in downtown Ramsey. Other museums and historic homes on the tour include:

  • John Fell House 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale
  • The Museum at the Station 176 Rock Road, Glen Rock
  • The Hermitage 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, HoHoKus
  • Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah
  • Van Allen House 3 Franklin Ave., Oakland
  • Schoolhouse Museum 650 E. Glen Ave., Ridgewood
  • Hopper-Goetschius Museum 363 E. Saddle River Rd., Upper Saddle River
  • Waldwick Signal Tower, 1 Bohnert Place, Waldwick
  • Zabriskie House 421 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff.

Advance ticket sales for admission to all ten sites start on April 15. Adults can purchase a ticket in advance for $10 and receive free “Fun History” tickets for their children 12 and under to have stamped at each site. Advance tickets can be purchased through each of the Coalition’s historical societies. They will also be on sale at the Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood, The Mahwah Museum, The Hermitage, and Abma’s Farm Market in Wyckoff.

Tickets will be on sale at each of the sites on the day of the tour for $15 a person, children 12 and under free. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be equally divided among the ten historical sites. The Coalition will be selling grilled hotdogs and soda at the Hopper-Goetschius House Museum in Upper Saddle River.Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about Northwest Bergen County and early transportation history. For more information about the day call the Schoolhouse Museum at 201-447-3242 or email info@ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org


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St. Nick’s Day – 2014

November 1st, 2014 | No Comments

St. Nicholas Day will be held on December 7th 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.


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10/19 – Fall Open House at the Old Stone House

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments

donuts 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, October 19th.

Volunteers will break out an antique apple grinder and cider press to demonstrate how apple cider was made in the old days. Visitors will get to enjoy free apple cider and cider-dipped donuts. Tours of the old Stone House will be available.

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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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