NRHP: The Schoolhouse Museum

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For the past 8 years, the Northwest Bergen History Coalition has been holding a themed History Day. On History Day, several historic sites in the area are open, running tours and stamping passports. This year, the theme was ‘How Immigration & The Railroad Shaped Our Towns’ with 10 sites participating.


This one-room schoolhouse, built by the Dutch Reformed Church for $4600, operated as a public school from 1872 until 1905.  It operated as School District No. 45.  When the towns incorporated in 1894, the schoolhouse became part of the Ridgewood school system.

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Towards the front of the museum, the historical society has maintained a display of the original desks and pot belly stove. During this school’s period, students attended school in the same room with the same teacher from 1st through 8th grade. The school year was short…only 60 days.


When I visited, the rest of the building was being used for the “Thread of Life” exhibit, with costumes from the historical period on display. The exhibit runs through December 2018.


I managed to tour five of the participating sites that day. To see my posts on the other NW Bergen County historic sites, click on the following links:

  1. The Old Stone House (Ramsey)
  2. The Schoolhouse Museum (Ridgewood)
  3. The Hermitage (Ho-ho-kus) Coming Soon
  4. The Zabriskie House (Wyckoff) Coming Soon
  5. The John Fell House (Allendale) Coming Soon

Location: 650 E. Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designation declared: 11/22/1974

Date of my visit: 4/28/2018

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