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History Day Is Today (Saturday)!

P1110090-001Travel through time and explore the various modes of 19th and 20th century transportation on Saturday, May 30, with the Northwest Bergen History Coalition.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historic John Fell House and nine other historic homes and museums will be open to the public to tour and enjoy.

Joining the Coalition this year will be Allendale's Jack Granowitz and other antique car collectors who will be stopping at the sites to allow visitors to see the “new-fangled” motorcars of the early 20th century.

I'll give readings of my ghost story  Socor Ramapos fog"Phantoms of the Ramapos" -- set in 1938 in Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus and Mahwah -- several times during the day at the Fell House. 

The fact-based story features the HoHoKus Speedway and an actual bank robbery in Allendale.

More information follows.

The museums and historic homes on the tour include:

John Fell House 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale (across the street from the Celery Farm)

The Museum at the Station 176 Rock Road, Glen Rock

The Hermitage 335 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus

Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah

Van Allen House 3 Franklin Ave., Oakland

Old Stone House 538 Island Rd., Ramsey

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 

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 Jim Wright or Patty Finn at 201-760-0804. They will also be on sale at the Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood on Thursday from 1 to 3; the Mahwah Museum on Wednesday;  and Abma’s Farm Market in Wyckoff Monday through Friday 8 to 5:30.

Please make checks payable to the Ridgewood Historical Society. 
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 10 historical sites. 
The Coalition will be selling soda and grilled hotdogs at the Hopper-Goetschius House Museum in Upper Saddle River.