The Historical Society of Rockland County invites Rocklanders to a Ramapo Hamlet “Walk Through History” on March 9. The tour leaves the Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center (ERC) at 10 a.m. This is a two-mile walk over level paved surface; 1.5 to 2 hours, with an opportunity for an extended visit at the Saltbox after the walk.
Historical Society will lead a walk into yesteryear with an exploration of the little-known but still vibrant Ramapo Hamlet, located off of Torne Valley Road between Hillburn and Sloatsburg. This is an opportunity to view a very historic area of Rockland County, which has remained in large part unchanged.
Storyteller/environmental educator Chuck Stead will be your guide, starting the walk at the Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center (ERC) on Torne Valley Road. Walkers will venture to Torne Brook Estate (last of the Ramapo iron baron’s residencies), the Iron Works site, the remaining structures in the Hamlet community and return to the Saltbox. Hear Chuck’s commentary on the Iron Works history, the Saltbox restoration, the Ramapo well field environmental remediation, and the nature of the hamlet community.
Arrive early for limited parking!
Directions via Rt 59 west: turn right at the foot of Main St. (railroad station area) and continue straight until the right turn onto Torne Valley Road, Hillburn, before the green steel bridge. Directions via the Thruway: exit 15A Sloatsburg/Suffern/Hillburn, go right off ramp, cross the green steel bridge, take first left onto Torne Valley Rd., Hillburn. From Torne Valley Road: pass the large Rec Center on left and continue to the Saltbox on the left.