Harrington Park Historical Society
   P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, N.J. 07640       
201 768-2615       
501(c)3 Corporation       

Recipient of the Bergen County 2011 Historic Preservation Commendation Award for the Old Burying Ground           
Photo of Old Burying Ground
by Dr. Davis Ross
Upcoming Lectures & Events

All Lectures Are Held at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640
7:30 P.M. - 2nd Floor
All are welcome!
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Harrington Park
Arts Council
"The Art of Today - The History of Tomorrow!"
A Legacy Project  of the HPHS for the 350th Anniversary of the
State of New Jersey

To increase the interest of our community in the arts, to assist all who wish to make an artistic contribution, and to bring the artist and the community-at-large together in a mutually beneficial relationship. To develop, promote, and coordinate the arts at the community level as an expression of Harrington Park’s talents, needs, resources, and aspirations under the auspices of the Harrington Park Historical Society.

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Welcome to the Harrington Park Historical Society - we are glad you are visiting with us on our website!  Please browse around our website to learn more about us and what we do.

We hope you will join us for our ten lecture series on various history subjects that range from local to the far away on interesting historical topics. We meet the first Monday of every month, except July and August, in the Harrington Park Public Library, 2nd floor, at 7:30 P.M.

Typically our meetings include a top notch speaker, question and answer segment, followed by a reception where you can greet our guest and enjoy some refreshment.  Our lecture series is open to everyone and we do not charge a fee to attend.

In addition to our lectures the Society maintains and preserves two historic cemeteries in Harrington Park, namely; the Perry Cemetery, and the Old Burying Ground.  The Perry Cemetery is a small family burial ground located on what was the farm of David Perry (1809-1871). The Old Burying Ground cemetery is part of the land apportioned to Garret Huybertsen Blauvelt, son of one of the original sixteen grantees of the Tappan Patent approved by the Governor of New York in 1686. Although there are believed to be earlier ones, the first known burial was in 1722 and the last in 1905.
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Old Burying Ground
Photo by Dr. Davis Ross

December 5, 2022, 7:00 P.M. – Holiday Outing

Tour of the Salyer House Museum & Reception, 213 Bluehill Road, Pearl River, New York 10965
Note:  We will meet at the Salyer House
Speaker: Mary Cardenas, Director Orangetown Museum, Historian

Please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615 or email themerchantmouse@aol.com if you plan to attend.  This special evening is free, however, we ask you give a donation that evening to the Orangetown Museum to help them continue their important work.

Built in the last quarter of the 18th century, the Salyer House was the original home of Michael and Elizabeth Salyer and their four daughters. Daughter Mary Salyer inherited the house in 1810 and kept the property with husband David Bogert until 1825. After this, the house was owned by many different families including the DeClarks, Blauvelts, and Hoppers. In 1966, the house was bought by the Spring Valley Water Company (United Water), and was lived in by the families who worked for the Company, until it was donated to the Town of Orangetown in 1992 to be used as a museum. Opening to the public in 1996, the Salyer House was the Museum’s first home and was listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 2003. 

The Historic Salyer House is the perfect venue to grab some holiday cheer in a beautifully decorated homestead. Join us for a special look at the magnificent addition to the museum’s collection of Dutch masterworks. The permanent exhibit A Spy in Our Midst (the Revolutionary intrigue of Maj. John Andre) as well as Our Dutch Sandstone Houses will also be on view. 

January 2, 2023 – General Meeting
Speaker: Herbert S. Gold, U.S. Army Air Force, Eighth Air Force, 705th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group flying in a B-24
Topic: Posthumous Reflections of WW 11 Prisoner of War, Herbert S. Gold – Salute to Our Vets

February 6, 2023 – General Meeting
Speaker: Glenn LeBoeuf, Historian
Topic: “Eight Moral Moments in the Life of Abraham Lincoln”

March 6, 2023– General Meeting
Speaker: Eric Nelsen, Director of historic Kearney House, Historical Interpreter, Historian
Topic: “The Yonkers-Alpine Ferry”

April 3, 2023
Speaker: Mario Medici, Historian, Lecturer, Owner of Medici Tours
Topic: “Ellis Island

April 29, 2023 - History Day
10:00 A.M. – Noon at HP Boro Hall - An Exhibition of Town History. Society Collects Artifacts and Papers 

May 1, 2023
Speakers:  Long-Time Residents of Harrington Remembering HP
Topic: “Tea and Tales”

June 5, 2023 – General and Society
Speaker: Carol Simon Levin, Author, Historian, Lecturer
Topic: “Crazy Daisy” 

June 10, 2023 – “Members’ Pot Luck Picnic” - 4:00 P.M. at Gerri Gibney’s


As part of our mission, we are continuing to maintain and preserve the two historic cemeteries in our care, the Old Burying Ground and the Perry Cemetery. Now, we are reaching out to you, our members and friends to help us continue to keep these cemeteries in pristine condition, and to conserve these historical assets. Whatever you can donate at this time to accomplish this work, we cannot adequately express our sincere gratitude. 

We hope you will continue to be as generous as you have been in the past when considering supplementing your annual dues this year. Those dues, which are fully tax deductible, are as follows: 

Family $25
Individual $20
Youth (under 18) $5

In addition to enjoying dual membership in the Arts Council of Harrington Park, HPHS members receive a discount on all Society events and activities (including fund raisers).

On behalf of the Harrington Park Historical Society, I look forward to welcoming you as returning (or brand new) members! Please call me (201-666-0566) or our President, Gerri Gibney (201-768-2615) if you have questions.

Karen Goddard
Membership Secretary

Mail your check to P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey.  Please include your name(s), address, phone, and email.  Or, use the membership form noted above.  Thanks!


Recently several historic headstones were desecrated at the Old Burying Ground on Tappan Road in Harrington Park. 

Here is a short history of two of the broken headstones; Abraham Quackenbush (1768-1854) and his wife, Elizabeth Myers (1770-1807)) are part of the Abraham Myers family burial plot at the Old Burying Ground. In the middle of the 18th century, Abraham Myers received a royal charter from King George III to build a grist mill on the Hackensack River which his grandson John Bogert later operated and it thereby became known as “Bogert’s Mill.” The Myers family members interred in the plot are Abraham Myers, his wife Cathrena Nederman, daughter Cathrena, daughter Elizabeth and Abraham Quackenbush, son John Myers and wife Rebecca Durie. The markers are red sandstone.

As sole caretakers of this cemetery, the Harrington Park Historical Society will repair these monuments with your generous financial support.

If you would like to help the Society repair these stones, please send your donation to P.O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640. Please make your check payable to the Harrington Park Historical Society. The Harrington Park Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. 

After the stones are restored, the Society will host a Tour of the Old Burying Ground for the donors who made the restoration of the stones possible. The tour will be followed by a reception.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in this effort, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615, visit their website, or on Facebook.

Mary Cardenas,
Executive Director Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives
Originally from Manhattan Mary Cardenas came to Rockland County with her husband and three children in 1970.

She was President of the Tappantown Historical Society from 1987-1991. In 1993 Mary was named Orangetown Historian as well as the Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives Executive Director at the same time. 

She has worked with the Curator of Exhibits in producing 13 exhibits at The Isaac DePew House and 10 exhibits at the Michael Salyer House.

Mrs. Cardenas has written a book "Orangetown" in the series "Images of America" published in 2011.