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Birth of Ridgewood
In celebration of Ridgewood’s 125th anniversary, local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki provided a slide lecture on the critical years between 1865 and 1876. Using documents, maps, and historic panoramic photos, Norris and Suplicki illustrate Ridgewood’s transformation from farm to suburb. We welcome you to watch this video of their presentation. If you have any questions, please feel fee to contact Local History Librarian Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Part I.
Click here for Part II.
Ridgewood COVID-19 Stories
The Bolger Heritage Center collected materials which documented the response of our community to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Read, watch and view how the Village reacted to this pandemic, and came together as a community. If you would like to contribute your story, please click here.
Armistice Day, 1931
On November 8, 1931, Ridgewood observed Armistice Day by dedicating trees to the Ridgewood men who lost their lives in World War I, planted George Washington memorial trees, and named Graydon Park.
Victory Bazaar, 1919
July 4, 1919 Ridgewood Independence Day committee planned the Victory Bazaar to raise money for the War effort. The event included booths, games, a French Village and entertainers.
World War Medal
Clarence Tourse, Sr. received an honorary medal from the people of the Village of Ridgewood for his service in the Army during the Great War (World War I). In 2014 the medal was found in the sands of New Mexico.
Sycamore Tree at Graydon
In early 2018 the Sycamore Tree at Graydon had to be taken down due to an illness. It stood for decades on its own island at the corner of Linwood and North Maple Avenue and was a landmark to the Village. The tree has been at Graydon prior to the pool being built in 1926, and many memories were made at the site. If you have any images of the tree please share them by email email@example.com.
A Walking Tour of Ridgewood's Historic Downtown
In 2009, The Ridgewood New Jersey Historic Preservation Commission created a "walking tour" of Ridgewood's downtown. This tour included a booklet which included historical descriptions of each spot on the walk. Information on the origins of the building, the architectural style along with the builders/owners can be found within the booklet. Click here for the booklet. Below you can watch the video featuring Architectural Historian Art Wrubel and Village Historian Joe Suplicki.
Varian Fry (1907-1967) grew up in Ridgewood. He went to Marseilles, France in 1940 and was responsible for establishing a network that rescued over 2,000 Jews, dissidents, and artists trapped in France.
Ridgewood is home to two cemeteries--the Churchyard Burying Ground next to the Old Paramus Reformed Church and Valleau Cemetery across the street. The monuments reflect an incredible variety of styles.
Letters from a Soldier
... Becker sent letters home from the ...front in World War II. Later he moved to Ridgewood and raised a family here. His letters were used to create a beautiful book where you can read about the life of a soldier.