by John Paquin first posted in Vintage Ridgewood Facebook Group
Ridgewood NJ,Ridgewood’s first street sign?! And Zabriskie- Schedler’s too of course! I love this for how it takes you back to the past, and show’s just how the church and it’s neighborhood, including Zabriskie- Schedler, really were such an important landmark, crossroad, and part of Ridgewood’s history. Recall the earlier drawing showing how W Saddle River connected with the other roads at the church? This is that spot, and that is actually the end of W Saddle River in the lower RH corner. This is a detail from a postcard of the church taken I believe some time in the 1870’s (Peggy Norris would know for sure!). You can see the crossroads sign (on a log!) pointing to Suffern to the north (via East Glen), Hackensack to the South (via Paramus rd). And of course, below, and illegible, is the sign leading to Zabriskie- Schedler, less than 200 hundred yards or a 2-minute walk over your shoulder and back down that road. The house would be about 50 years old, ands the tree already 100, at the time of this photo. Here’s the coolest thing: the 7.5 acres of Zabriskie- Schedler are virtually untouched since the time of this photo. If you want to take a stroll back to this time, take a stroll at Zabriskie- Schedler.