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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"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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Photo by Dr. Davis Ross

​​November 1, 2021

Speaker:    "Doc" Bayne
Topic:        “History and Mystery of Iona Island

The "History and Mystery of Iona Island" will be the topic of a talk by noted historian, photographer and environmental educator Donald 'Doc' Bayne at 7:30 P.M., Monday, November 1, 2021. Sponsored by the Harrington Park Historical Society, the event is open free to the public.

In a powerful PowerPoint program of words and pictures, Mr. Bayne will illustrate the intriguing and mysterious history of the 556-acre bedrock island that juts out from the west shore of the Hudson River below Bear Mountain. 

He will show early evidence of both Native American settlements and Colonial farms on the island. In the late 1800s, the site attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel and picnic grounds. He points out that from 1900 to 1946, it served as a major U.S. naval arsenal, complete with explosions and saboteurs.

Following World War II until the early 70s, the famous "mothball fleet" of decommissioned warships were moored near the island at Tomkins Cove.

A seasoned expert in trail hiking, forestry, and plant and wildlife habitats, Mr. Bayne notes that since 1965 when the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession of the island, much of the site and surrounding marshes have become a wildlife preserve. "It provides a valuable habitat for many species, including winter nesting for Bald Eagles, during which time the island is off limits to human visitors," he explains. With one of the largest tidal wetlands along the Hudson, Iona Island is part of a national estuarine sanctuary and research preserve.

"Doc" Bayne
A retired New York State Forest Ranger, Doc Bayne has been the Environmental Educator and Historian for Sterling Forest State Park for many years. In this position, he has exhibited his vast knowledge of the forest and wildlife and Native Americans by conducting nature and history hikes in Sterling Forest and Bear Mountain State Parks, as well as lectured on many aspects of the environment and ecosystems of the region. One of his areas of expertise is the iron history of New York State. He has been acclaimed for his program: "How Iron Ore is Made---The Forging of Iron in the Hudson River Valley during the American Revolution."

In his role as an environmental educator, he has conducted countless "eco explorer" classes for young people in the tri-state area through their schools, scouting groups, and 4-H clubs.

He has also lectured on 22 historic topics and presented programs at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and the American Museum of Natural History, as well as assisting Ithaca College with their bird research program.

When he was awarded the New York State Archaelogical Association Meritorious Service Award in April 2014, he was referred to as a "walking encyclopedia" of his knowledge and experience, and recognized as "a passionate researcher and educator who has the ability to feel the history of the land and transmit it to the people."

In addition to his lifelong pursuit of history and the environment, his early background was in analog computers and lithography. After service in the U.S. Army, he became a commercial pilot, and then worked as a photographer for the Minolta Corporation, where he eventually became Manager of Minolta Information Systems, traveling the world for the company and pursuing his passion for archaeology, paleontology and the study of world history. After his stint at Minolta, he worked for an audio/visual company designing distance learning classrooms for two universities in New Jersey.

Mr. Bayne is the President of The Friends of Sterling Forest and a member of the Historical Society of Greenwood Lake (New York), where he makes his home. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Historical Society, and the boards of the Fort Montgomery Battle Site and the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association.


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!