Suffern Village Museum

Suffern Village Museum The Suffern Village Museum is dedicated to the preservation and accurate presentation of the rich history of Suffern and the surrounding area.
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The Suffern Village Museum was organized in 1980 as a way to bring together those who are dedicated to the preservation and accurate presentation of the rich history of Suffern and the surrounding area. The museum has become a depository for documents and objects that relate to specific social, economic and historical village activities. All individuals interested in supporting the village museum

The Suffern Village Museum was organized in 1980 as a way to bring together those who are dedicated to the preservation and accurate presentation of the rich history of Suffern and the surrounding area. The museum has become a depository for documents and objects that relate to specific social, economic and historical village activities. All individuals interested in supporting the village museum

Operating as usual

Village of Suffern
08/25/2020

Village of Suffern

239 years ago...

Rochambeau made encampment with his 5,000 soldiers in Suffern on August 25, 1781, on his way to Yorktown and again on September 13, 1782, as he retraced his steps to return home.[7] An historical marker on the Washington Avenue side of the Lafayette Theatre identifies this site of "Rochambeau's Encampment 1781–1782". At the time of the encampment, this site was directly across the road from village founder John Suffern's home and tavern where the comte de Rochambeau actually stayed.[7] The Suffern Furniture Company is now located where this house once stood.

During the war, Commander-in-Chief General Washington and his regiment made camp in the village several times. Lafayette Avenue, the main street of Suffern, is named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette.

07/14/2020
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Check out the Historical Society of Rockland County's online exhibit to learn about remarkable Suffern resident Belle Mayer Zeck.

Historical Society of Rockland County
06/05/2020

Historical Society of Rockland County

#FBF News from Yesteryear: SUFFERN
Excerpt from the Rockland County Messenger June 4, 1870 – #150YEARS AGO

SUFFERN
It may be impertinent in your correspondent to ask the question, and he may be treading on the toes of one of our ''social evilists" to do so, but whether or no, he can't keep it; what he wants to ascertain is, whether it would not be compatible with the interests of some good barber to open shop in some other place in our village rather than in a beer saloon, where he is surrounded by the lowest types of humanity, and where no decent man cares to be seen? If there be such a mechanic or artiste anywhere around who wishes a place to open business in, we would recommend him to come to Suffern. The associations of a beer saloon, where players of dominoes and throwers of dice abound, and those of a barbershop are not harmonious, and should not exist together.

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Flashback Friday appears every Friday. To receive the full Flashback report (formerly seen in the Rockland Review), visit our website at RocklandHistory.org. To receive it in your email inbox, enter your email address at the bottom of the website’s landing page, or call the HSRC office to register your email at 845 634 9629.

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Image: Main Street (Lafayette Avenue)- View down Main Street in Suffern, through the intersection for Lafayette Avenue. Photo from Suffern Free Library.

"In Suffern, all schools, churches, lodge rooms, motion picture theaters, and public meeting halls have been closed." Th...
04/18/2020

"In Suffern, all schools, churches, lodge rooms, motion picture theaters, and public meeting halls have been closed."

This could be a description of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, but it's actually a description of measures taken to prevent the spread of Spanish Influenza in 1918, as reported in the Nyack Evening Journal (9 October 1918).

Image courtesy of Hudson River Valley Heritage: https://news.hrvh.org/veridian/?a=d&d=jaaggbbf19181019.1.1&srpos=7&e=-------en-20-jaaggbbf-1--txt-txIN-%22spanish+influenza%22+suffern+theater------

Can you find Suffern Village Museum president Craig Long?
01/17/2020

Can you find Suffern Village Museum president Craig Long?

#TBT: Cobblestone Farm Historical Marker, November, 2002. Montebello Mayor Kathryn Ellsworth (center) and Montebello Historian Craig H. Long (far right) stand with (left-right) Larry Palumbo, Bob Bowman and Howard Heilman of Cobble­stone Farm, Inc., developer and sponsor of the marker

HISTORICAL MARKER
In November, 2002, a marker was placed at Viola Road and Cobblestone Farm Court in Montebello. It marked the site of the former 200-acre estate and working farm of Henry von L. Meyer and Laura Hard Meyer, who lived there from 1907 until Mrs. Meyer’s death in 1954.

Mr. Meyer founded White Labora­tories in Newark, New Jersey. White Laboratories manufactured nationally known Feenament and Aspergum.

The Meyers were well known for their philanthropic interests in Rockland County. For many years they were involved in the State Charities Aid Association, Rockland Volunteer Aid Society and the Boy Scouts. They were founding members of the Rock­land County Conservation Association and ardent supporters of the Rockland County SPCA. Their farm housed a branch shelter for homeless animals.

Mr. Meyer also was connected with a number of local leading business institutions, and he and his wife donat­ed the land for the former building of the Suffern Free Library.

Following the death of Mrs. Meyer, their son, Henry von L. Meyer, Jr., inherited the estate. Some of the land would be sold off for building houses and the Suffern High School, but the core of the estate was maintained until 1996, when it was sold to a developer.

The land was subdivided for luxu­ry homes, but the magnificent cobble­stone barn and massive wood-frame dairy barn remained and were con­verted into private residences.

Placing historical markers around the county is an ongoing program of the HSRC. If you are interested in sponsoring a marker, please contact the HSRC office at 845-634-9629.
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More info here: Historical Marker Program https://www.rocklandhistory.org/page.cfm?page=295

12/14/2019

Stop by the Suffern Village Museum this Sunday from 2-4. It's your last chance this year! We will close for the holidays from 12/22 until the New Year.

The Suffern Village Museum is saddened by the news of the passing of founding member and curator emeritus Gardner Watts,...
11/10/2019
'An encyclopedia of information': Suffern mourns veteran and 'hiking historian' Gardner Watts

The Suffern Village Museum is saddened by the news of the passing of founding member and curator emeritus Gardner Watts, at age 105. Please join us in honoring his memory as suggested by his family: "Go have an adventure, be good stewards of the earth and continue to be kind."

The retired teacher credited his longevity to having good friends to cherish, abstinence from alcohol and to***co, and staying involved in hobbies.

From our friends at the Historical Society of Rockland County, on the anniversary of Prohibition
11/01/2019

From our friends at the Historical Society of Rockland County, on the anniversary of Prohibition

#FBF Flashback Friday
#100 YEARS AGO This Week In Rockland
Excerpt from The Nyack Evening Journal, October 27-November 2, 1919

COUNTY VIRTUALLY DRY AS BARS CLOSE DOORS
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ROCKLAND BECAME ALCOHOLIC DESERT UNDER TERMS OF THE VOLSTEAD ACT
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MANY SALOONKEEPERS WILL NOT SELL ONE-HALF PER CENT BEVERAGE TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR BEER

​When the nation went dry Rockland County became an alcoholic desert under the terms of the Volstead act. Complete prohibition is now, under the law, a reality. For the first time since the early Dutch settlers reached here carrying a few bottles of ‘fire water’ to trade with the Indians the trafficking in any brand of brew of intoxicating beverages is forbidden.

Many saloonkeepers locked their doors. They have refused to handle the one-half per cent beverage which is to be substituted for beer, and which cannot be called beer under the new enforcement act. Others will sell the soft drinks. None has given up his license. All are prepared to sit it out in the hope that something may happen. A few said they would continue selling 2.75 per cent beer until closed by federal agents.

Brewers and liquor dealers still are confident that there is to be an interim between wartime prohibition and the operation of the constitutional amendment on January 16.

They pin their faith to their hope that one of these things will happen:
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The normal declaration of peace will nullify war-prohibition and the Volstead act and permit the open and free sale of liquor for a few weeks at least. The dealers are willing to take a chance, believing they can make big money if they can open full blast for two weeks during the holiday period
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The Volstead act and the war-time prohibition may be reversed by the courts and a few weeks open trade permitted.
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We will explore the prohibition issue at this year’s History Luncheon on November 13th. There are still tickets available. Please join us! Info and ticket link here: https://www.rocklandhistory.org/event.cfm?page=685

Who remembers Van Riper's farm?
10/31/2019

Who remembers Van Riper's farm?

#40Years Ago: Heralding 🎃 Halloween
Excerpt from The Journal News, Halloween, 1979
📷 Photo: Warren Inglese

Pumpkins around the county are heralding the arrival of Halloween. Megan Clair, 6, left, and 4-year-old Joseph Clair of Suffern examine the Halloween display at Van Riper's Farm in Suffern during an outing to pick pumpkins.

Don’t forget, the HSRC will celebrate Halloween this year with two events:
1. GOLEM film screening tonight (10/31) https://www.rocklandhistory.org/event.cfm?page=693
2. Family Fun Day on Sunday (11/3). https://www.rocklandhistory.org/event.cfm?page=693

We hope to see you at one of these events!

If you celebrate, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. 🎃 👹👺🤡😈👽💀👻🤖🧟‍♂️🧙🏻‍♀️🧟‍♀️🦇🕷🕸🌚🖤

10/10/2019

This holiday weekend, the schedule for the Suffern museums will be as follows:
Suffern Train Museum will be OPEN from 9-1 on Saturday, 10/12.
Suffern Village Museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, 10/13.
The Suffern Village Museum Board WILL meet on Monday, 10/14 at 7:30pm. As always, meetings are free and open to the public.

Have a nice long weekend!

10/05/2019
Suffern Central SD

A blast from the past for this Montebello alum!

Fifty years ago this fall, Montebello Elementary School opened its doors to students in the Suffern Central School District. Today, the entire school gathered to celebrate its long-standing history and success of educating our youngest Mounties. Former students, teachers and administrators all arrived to share their favorite stories and memories of their time here. After an awesome introduction by the Suffern Marching Band Drum Line, Principal Ivey reflected on the meaning of this day. Acting Superintendent Weber cut the ceremonial ribbon and we were all treated to the sweet voices of the students singing the Montebello school song. As an added bonus, the fifth-grade class sang the classic, “Build Me Up Buttercup,” which was a hit in the summer of 1969.

A special thank you to the staff at Montebello for their work making this day happen, especially our music teacher Ms. Ezratty, the Montebello PTA for their tireless and continued support of the school and its initiatives, Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Blasbalg for coordinating the drum line and the Suffern Central Board of Education. This was definitely a day to remember!

#MountiePride #SuffernCentral #Montebello50

Village of Suffern
09/16/2019

Village of Suffern

Today we remember the 50th Anniversary of the line of duty death of Suffern volunteer firefighter Leo P. Lydon. A village owned building on Sylvan Way next to the DARE hockey rink is named in his honor.

Does anyone know any of these children from 1915 Mahwah? Help out our friends at the Mahwah Museum!
09/16/2019

Does anyone know any of these children from 1915 Mahwah? Help out our friends at the Mahwah Museum!

#MysteryMonday

Today's mystery photo comes to us in the form of a class photo from the 1915 class at Commodore Perry School.
Do you recognize any of these children? Of course, they may have looked a bit older than they do here when they were known to you. Any information you can provide us would be much appreciated!

07/20/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, July 21, 2019, from 2-4pm. Come by to beat the heat!

07/20/2019

The Suffern Train Museum will be open this Saturday, July 20, from 9am-1pm.

06/28/2019

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended WWI. Suffern sent dozens of men and women to war. Nine of them would never return home. Their names were
John P. Fromm
William H. Maxwell
Henry De Baun
George J. Lichtenstein
Florence W. Campbell
Abraham R. Doyle
Harry S. Wanamaker
Reuben McElree
Salvatore Vitale

06/28/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, 6/30/19, from 2-4pm.

06/27/2019

The Suffern Train Museum will be open this Saturday, 6/29/19, from 9am-1pm.

06/21/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, 6/23/19, from 2-4pm.

06/20/2019

The Suffern Train Museum will be open this Saturday, 6/22/19, from 9am-1pm.

On this day in 1890, Stan Laurel was born in England. Have you seen Laurel and Hardy at the Lafayetter Theater?
06/16/2019

On this day in 1890, Stan Laurel was born in England. Have you seen Laurel and Hardy at the Lafayetter Theater?

06/14/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, 6/16/19, from 2-4pm. Bring Dad along!

06/13/2019

The Suffern Train Museum will be open this Saturday, 6/15/19, from 9am-1pm.

Suffern shopkeepers Irving Kahan and Bert Fried keep busy after losing their store to a 1963 fire. From the Bergen Count...
06/12/2019

Suffern shopkeepers Irving Kahan and Bert Fried keep busy after losing their store to a 1963 fire.

From the Bergen County Record, March 29, 1963, via Newspapers.com.

06/09/2019

The Suffern Village Museum's monthly board meeting will be Monday night, 6/10/2019, at 7:30 pm. Meetings are on the top floor of Suffern Village Hall, and are open to the public.

06/07/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, 6/9, from 2-4pm.

06/06/2019

The Suffern Train Museum will be open this Saturday, 6/8, from 9am-1pm.

05/04/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, May 5, from 2-4pm.

04/13/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open from 2-4 pm this Sunday, April 14.

03/29/2019

The Suffern Village Museum will be open this Sunday, March 31, from 2-4 pm.

Here's a new article about Claudius Smith's reign of terror in revolutionary Orange County (which included Rockland) and...
03/27/2019
Terror in the Ramapos - Journal of the American Revolution

Here's a new article about Claudius Smith's reign of terror in revolutionary Orange County (which included Rockland) and New Jersey.

While there were many Revolutionary-era outlaws, Claudius Smith and the Cowboys of the Ramapos stand apart. Their story has long been exaggerated and romanticized...

More memories of Suffern from our friends at the Historical Society of Rockland County.
03/23/2019

More memories of Suffern from our friends at the Historical Society of Rockland County.

This Week in Rockland : SUFFERN TEENS VIE FOR CHANCE TO BE ‘MODELS’
Excerpt from The Journal News March 23-29, 1969
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Four Suffern High School students may have a chance to represent American youth on good grooming posters that will be displayed in high schools throughout the nation this year. Carol Romney, Teri O'Brien, Joseph Alleva and Ronald Powell have been submitted by the school's Avon Advisory Panel as the school's Good Grooming Representatives in a nationwide search for teenagers to appear on the posters.

The photographs of Suffern students will be studied by an independent panel of experts in education and grooming, who will select four from among several hundred representatives sent in by schools across the country. The four who are honored will appear on next year's good grooming posters, part of the educational materials supplied to schools by Avon Products Inc. in conjunction with an extensive program on good grooming.

In previous years, professional models posed for the photographs. However, this year, in response to suggestions from advisory panels to put students on the posters, the search was initiated.

Should any of Suffern High School students be selected to appear on the poster, they will be flown to Boston to be photographed, taken on sight-seeing trips and attend the American Home Economics Association's annual convention, as guests of Avon. They will also receive the clothes they will wear in the poster photographs. All school representatives will receive a Certificate of Recognition from Avon Products, Inc., sponsors of the educational program.

Members of Suffern High School's Teen Advisory Panel are: Patti Marciniak, Carol Post, Wendy Martine, Richard Horner and Brian Connington. The faculty advisor is Mrs. Rita S. Parrott of the Home Economics Department.
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Happy birthday to Suffern's own Lafayette Theater, which has been a local institution since it first screened the silent...
03/03/2019

Happy birthday to Suffern's own Lafayette Theater, which has been a local institution since it first screened the silent film Scaramouche in 1924.

SUNDAY
We celebrate the 95th birthday of The Lafayette Theater! Please consider giving a "birthday" gift in honor of 95 years of entertaining audiences.

95th Birthday: $9.50 gift
1924 Birth Year: $19.24 gift
3/3 Birthdate: $33.00 gift
95th Anniversary: $95.00 gift
*gifts inclusive of $4.00 admission

HOW TO GIVE A GIFT- when you click on a movie time for Sing or for Cinema Paradiso at the following link https://ticketing.us.veezi.com/sessions/?siteToken=qxkv1er9620kn5vdnbpxhb1098

All tickets include the 1:30pm showing of Sherlock Jr., a 40 min silent film accompanied by our Mighty Wurlitzer Organ!

Address

61 Washington Ave (Top Floor, Village Hall)
Suffern, NY
10901

Opening Hours

2pm - 4pm

Telephone

(845) 357-2600

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