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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of the
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
General Meeting - Monday, October 1st, 2018 - 7:30 P.M. - Harrington Park Library


The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to announce Mr. Edmund Moderacki, as their guest lecturer on Monday, October 1st, who will discuss “The Baylor Massacre in River Vale.” The meeting is at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park beginning at 7:30 P.M.  

River Vale was the scene of the Baylor Massacre, New Jersey's bloodiest skirmish of the Revolutionary War. The Baylor Massacre occurred during the early morning hours of September 28, 1778 in modern River Vale in Bergen County. The Third Continental Light Dragoons, commanded by Lt. Colonel George Baylor, were surprised in a night-time attack by British forces under the command of General Charles Grey. As Grey had done during a similar night attack on troops under American General Anthony Wayne at Paoli, Pennsylvania, British soldiers who were unable to unload their muskets removed the flints to avoid an accidental discharge and relied on bayonets to overwhelm the American troopers. Most of the unit was killed, wounded, captured or dispersed, effectively destroying an entire regiment of Dragoons.

The events leading up to the action and the ensuing results will be discussed. Mr. Moderacki will also relate the archeological dig in 1967 that located the remains of some of the American dead who were hurriedly buried by the Bergen County militia the next morning. 

​All lectures are free and open to the public, and the Society welcomes everyone to attend. After a Q & A, a light reception will follow. For more information about the Society’s activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615. Or visit the Society on Facebook or on their website; www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.

November 5, 2018 – General Meeting 
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Magoun, Outreach Historian, Stevens Institutute of Technology
Topic: “RCA Labs and 6 Inventions that Changed the World”  

December 3, 2018 – Holiday Outing
7:00 P.M. - Docent Led Tour of Zabriskie House, Wyckoff, N. J, Followed by Reception
Fee – Registration Required

Edmund A. Moderacki is the Municipal Historian for River Vale, New Jersey. He holds degrees from Montclair State and Hunter College (CUNY). Recently retired from the River Vale School District, he taught instrumental, vocal and classroom music for forty five years. He is a member of the Brigade of the American Revolution and served on its National Board including the position of Adjutant General. Among his publications is the Arcadia Press publication, Images of America: River Vale, and he has contributed articles on New Jersey History and the Baylor Massacre to several other publications and periodicals.

Still active as a historian, he lectures on The Baylor Massacre, Art Music in Colonial America and The Star Spangled Banner, a Musical and Military History. As a musician, he is on the Executive Committees of Bergen County TeenArts and Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc. Mr. Moderacki is also the Musical Director of The Waldwick Band and is the Assistant Conductor of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra.
Jim DelGiudice

Dues Time Again!

Membership Information:  Membership is open to all who are interested in the aims of the Society.

Annual Dues:
Individual - $15.00
Family - $20.00
Youth - $5.00 (17 and under)

Mail to HPHS, P. O. Box 105, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640

Please note members receive a discount on all Society Events and Activities

Any questions, please contact Karen Goddard, Membership Chair, at 201 666-0566 or email Karen at klgoddard@optonline.net

Edmund A. Moderacki