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Mahwah was settled by an intrepid widow named Blandina Bayard, who in 1700 wisely set up a trading post on the banks of the Ramapo River. Soon, Mahwah grew into a hamlet with farms, mills, a general store, a distillery, a schoolhouse, and a church. Ramapo Valley Road and Island Road, early colonial highways, and Franklin Turnpike, an 1806 toll road, connected the frontier to nearby cities. Mahwah, then as now, was a busy, energetic crossroads. The railroad of 1848, a turning point to local prosperity, opened markets to farmers, promoted commuting, and attracted entrepreneurs who built magnificent farm estates. Mahwah's merchant community grew around the Erie Railroad depot. In the 1950s, abundant rural acreage yielded to housing, business, and industry. In time, the richly historic Ramapo Mountains were preserved as parkland. Mahwah visually captures this community's wonderfully varied heritage.
ISBN: 9781467120319
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 221
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Carol Wehran Greene, lifelong resident of Mahwah, lives on a preserved, historic farm and is the township historian. She is a Mahwah Museum cofounder and trustee, preservationist, and regional author. Appreciation for preserving and sharing Mahwah's photographic history is extended to the Mahwah Museum, Ramapo Reformed Church, and private collectors cited herein.
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