Monday, August 20, 2012

Historical Organization of the Week: Ramapough Conservancy

Every Monday, I will now highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey. 

This week, the Ramapough Conservancy is being featured. The Ramapough Conservancy is a land and nature conservancy group with an additional focus on historical and cultural resources for the Ramapo Mountains in New Jersey.

The Conservancy's goals include raising the necessary funding to restore the 1748 Hendrick Van Allen House and the 1902 Vygeberg Farm Office Building (Stream House) in Oakland. The Van Allen House is one of nine buildings in the valley listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings, which sit in a highly visible location on Ramapo Valley Road, are in disrepair and in need of immediate restoration or  they will be lost for future generations to enjoy. The organization's goal is to play an active role in restoring Van Allen House and the Stream House, performing emergency repairs to stabilize the buildings, and raising the significant public funds necessary to restore the structures for public use.

The group also raises awareness for open space preservation and protecting the natural beauty of the Ramapo Mountains.

For information on volunteering, joining or contributing, please visit

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