Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Club Presents Donation to Trail Conference, Darlington Schoolhouse at Mahwah Historic Farm Fest

Antique CarMahwah’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.

Bergen rotary check

From left: Ed Goodell, Executive Director, Peter and Pam McBride, Pam Goldman, Bryant Malcolm, hosts Dick and Carol Greene, Bergen Rotary Past-President Tom Grissom and Mike DiLella

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 of people

A campaign thermometer posted outside of the schoolhouse was updated on Oct. 1 to reflect the current number: $982,000!

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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