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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : George Washington


Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : George Washington

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. “As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.”

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Washington’s Birthday 2019

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New Bridge Landing NJ, Dance mistress Denise Piccino and the Tricorne Dancers will give two one hour public performances in the Steuben House at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Ridley & Anne Enslow will provide musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington. Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where our gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring meal items that General Washington might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge in 1780 and recipes from Martha’s cookbook. Re-enactors from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment will demonstrate military life. Activities for Children include: Soldier Drills, Paper Dolls & Scavenger Hunt.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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Bergen County Historical Society (BCHS) School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting : The Steenrapie (River Edge) Encampment of 1780

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New Bridge landing NJ, As one of the major events of Bergen’s Revolutionary War history, the Steenrapie Encampment brought the American army to present day River Edge and Oradell, and forever tied Washington himself to New Bridge Landing. Join author, military historian, and BCHS Past President Todd Braisted for his presentation on the history, legends, and luminaries that became part of Bergen County in September 1780.

For anyone interested in volunteering at Historic New Bridge Landing events as a docent, greeter, operations personnel, or living-history interpreter in period dress, the Bergen County Historical Society sponsors the School of Interpretation to hone communication skills, familiarize volunteers with Bergen’s unique history, give insight into the material culture of the past, and train volunteers in historical presentation. It also provides an opportunity for prospective participants to ask questions and learn about volunteering with BCHS. Please meet in the Steuben House (the house nearest the bridge), 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. No charge.

Bergen County Historical Society (BCHS) School of Interpretation & Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Topic: The Steenrapie (River Edge) Encampment of 1780

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Arcadia Publishing & The History Press Presents “Ridgewood” the Book



by M. Earl Smith with the Ridgewood Historical Society

Greetings from Ridgewood!

Given that Ridgewood lies within 20 miles of Lower Manhattan,it would be easy to dismiss this little town as another New York suburb. Settled by Johannes Van Emburgh in 1700, this slice of New Jersey was a pivotal safe haven for the founding fathers, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr.

In 1894, the State of New Jersey incorporated the area as a village, and what followed were 100 years of business and
leisure with places like Woolworth’s, the Erie Railroad Company, and First National Bank dominating the landscape.

Today, Ridgewood serves as a home for those who wish to evade the city life of the boroughs. With its distinct mix of history and comfort, Ridgewood is unique in comparison to other towns in New Jersey and a fine place to call home.

M. Earl Smith is a graduate historian at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on history and literature,
while Ridgewood historian Dacey Latham is the president of the Ridgewood Historical Society. Created in 1972, the
Ridgewood Historical Society provided both images and background research for this book.

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Site Pushes Revolutionary War Tourism In New Jersey

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March 9,2017

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Ridgewood Nj, according to the website Revolutionary War in New Jersey the state has over 650 Revolutionary War historic sites located throughout all twenty-one New Jersey counties.

Revolutionary War New Jersey is The ultimate field guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War historic sites!
Bergen County, New Jersey Revolutionary War Sites • Bergen County, NJ Historic Sites

The website is the brainchild of photographer Al Frazza and , “was created out of my love for history and for New Jersey. I began work on it on September 17, 2009, and completed it on March 1, 2017. During those seven-and-a-half years, I drove thousands of miles throughout New Jersey, locating and photographing Revolutionary War historic sites. In addition to getting to see and experience all of these historic places first-hand, it allowed me to get to know my home state in a way that I had never before imagined.”

In Ridgewood the site lists:

Old Paramus Reformed Church
660 East Glen Ave.

Historic Glen Avenue Marker
East Glen Ave. Near North Maple St.

Abraham Godwin Monument
E. Ridgewood Ave. & Van Neste Sq.
Ridgewood Municipal Park

the site promotes American History  and nothing creates an understanding of and excitement for history like standing in the actual locations where historic events occurred.

New Jersey played a central and crucial role in the events of the Revolutionary War. Throughout the state, we are surrounded by links to that history.

George Washington spent more time in New Jersey than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. Many of the locations where he and the Continental (American) Army marched, encamped, and fought battles are still here to be explored.

Throughout the years of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the lives of New Jersey citizens were dramatically affected by the events of the war which went on around them. Some of their houses and buildings are still standing; each of these structures has its own story.

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Celebrating the Presidents on Presidents Day


February 15,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year, it is considered a day to recognize all presidents, past and present. Traditionaly it a celebration of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday on George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in 1800, just two months after his death but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1879, when then President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. Presidents Day became a national bank holiday six years later .Presidents day was the first bank holiday to celebrate an individual and it joined other bank holidays ; Christmas, New Year’s, Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

In 1971 that the Uniform Monday Holiday Act  was enacted, to create more three-day weekends for workers and moved the day of observance to the third Monday in February.The act also combined Washington’s birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s (Feb. 12).

Lincoln’s actual birthday is still a state holiday in Illinois, and U.S. government itself still calls the third Monday in February Washington’s Birthday. Interesting side note both William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan were also born in February.

The Village of Ridgewood plays it safe by closing the Village Hall and all Village Departments on February 12th and February 15th in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and then Presidents’ Day.


Some of the Ridgewood blog’s Favorite Presidents

George Washington was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was the first to become U.S. president. Called the Father of the Country and the English Empire’s Greatest Enemy.

Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.First tried to preserve the Union , later won the Civil war.

As America’s 30th President (1923-1929), Calvin Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era. The last true small government President .

Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981 to 1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving “peace through strength” abroad.