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!
Proud Sponsor
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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​The Harrington Park Historical Society is delighted to welcome as their October 3rd guest lecturer, Mr. Anthony Taranto, Operations Supervisor of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Mr. Taranto will discuss: “Cliff Shots: A Photographer’s Exploration of the New Jersey Palisades.” He has served as the Park’s staff photographer since 2002 and in this program will share some of his favorite images of the Palisades, along with the stories behind them. The images capture both the landscape and the people who have come to it to relax, to exercise, to learn, and to admire the beauty of this great playground next door.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 P.M. in the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street. After Mr. Taranto’s presentation refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to enjoy this free presentation. 

The Palisades on the western shore the Hudson River are part of more than 100,000 acres of parklands and historic sites in New York and New Jersey managed the Commission. The two states formed the Commission in 1900 to stop the defacement of the Palisades by stone quarries, which were blasting the famous cliffs for crushed stone.

The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about 12 miles long, a half-mile wide, and encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.  Visitors find within this park more than 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites — and mile after mile of rugged woodlands and vistas just minutes from midtown Manhattan.

The Palisades Interstate Park is a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark, and the Long Path and Shore Trail are National Recreation Trails.

Photo by Dr. Davis Ross
The Mighty Palisades
Photos Courtesy Palisades Interstate Park Commission
October 30th, 2016, Arts Council of Harrington Park presents "Tales at the Old Burying Ground" original stories written by Charlie Kruger, Harrington Park author and performed by members of the Arts Council Advisory Board. Performances at 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Free -Reservations required, please call Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615

November 7, 2016 – General Meeting of the Historical Society - 7:30 P.M. - Library
Speaker: William “Pat” Schuber, Historian, Lecturer, Author, Former Bergen County Executive
Topic: “D Day”

November 13th, 2016, Arts Council of Harrington Park presents Mark Wright at the piano and his troupe performing "200+ Years of Music in the Northern Valley." St. Andrew's on the corner of LaRoche and Lynn Street at 5:00 P.M. Free - Light reception will follow, including a mix and mingle with the artists.

December 5, 2016 – Historical Society Holiday Outing – 7:30 P.M. at Giulio’s, Tappan, NY – Music by Steve Kelman & Ken Miller of the Hudson Hollow. Hors’ oeuvres, sweets, cash bar. $25.00 members; $30.00 non-members. Reservations only; 201 768-2615 – Gerri Gibney