MAHWAH, N.J. -- Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, daughter of Red Apple Rest founder Reuben Freed, will share images and stories from her new book "Stop at the Red Apple" Thursday at the Ramapo Reformed Church.
Opened in 1931 by Freed, the Red Apple Rest in Southfields, Rockland County, was a well-known stop on Route 17 for many on their way to and from the Catskills, Albany, Lake George and other upstate destinations. By the time the New York State Thruway opened 25 years later, the Red Apple Rest was serving more than a million customers a year. After the Thruway opened, lines at the restaurant shrank, but loyal customers continued to be drawn there and the Red Apple Rest continued to thrive.
It was a local tradition, a place where travelers, locals and entertainers mixed. Lindenblatt’s book describes its early days during the Great Depression, World War II and the post-war years. It also examines the effects of the Thruway and the growth of suburbia on the iconic rest stop.
Admission is $3, free for museum members. Refreshments will be served afterward. The lecture is part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the lecture will take place at the Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Road, Mahwah. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099.