Mahwah’s town historian, Carol Greene, and her husband Dick Greene led a gathering of fascinated visitors on a trip back in time last Sunday, Sept. 29, at their home at Sun Valley Farm. Visitors, including the Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club, came to learn about and support the restoration of the Darlington Schoolhouse.
It’s hard to believe one is in Bergen County while on this 233-acre working farm at the edge of the Ramapo Mountains. Home to equines and free range turkeys, Sun Valley Farm is Bergen County’s first and largest preserved farmland. The Greene’s opened their home and private collection, which includes Mahwah farm-life artifacts and historic cars, to the public as members of the Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission gave tours of the “barn museum.”
In attendance was the Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club, including past president Tom Grissom and president-elect Mike DiLella, who presented the Trail Conference with a $15,000 gift to support the conservation training and visitor center at the Darlington Schoolhouse. Months prior, the Trail Conference had given a presentation to the Rotary to raise awareness about the organization and campaign. The Rotary has chosen to name the Executive Director Conference Room in the Schoolhouse.
Ed Goodell, Executive Director of the Trail Conference, briefed guests on the progress of the campaign, announcing that they are past $900,000 with just a month left to raise the additional $100,000 needed to meet the Bolger Challenge. Guests left the event feeling inspired to not only meet, but exceed, the Nov. 1 deadline.
A campaign thermometer posted outside of the schoolhouse was updated on Oct. 1 to reflect the current number: $982,000!