MAHWAH, N.J. -- The Ramapough Conservancy will host a spring historical walking tour along the Ramapo River in Mahwah on Saturday, April 16.
"We will stroll along park paths around Lake Henry to Halifax Road, where we will stop and look at the Ramapough Lenape Indian Ceremonial Grounds," organizers note. "We will then discuss Indian archaeological sites and features within the Ramapo College athletic fields."
The area also served as General Washington's headquarters, and the Continental Army camped there in 1777, 1780 and 1781. Other tour highlights include:
- an Indian weir in the Ramapo River -- weirs being "structures built within a stream or river or at the edge of tidal lagoons designed to route fish either to a particular area ... or into a trap where they can be captured," according to Smoky Mountain Living
- the site of Theodore Havermeyer's Mountainside Farm, which was formerly an Indian encampment;
- an abandoned cemetery; and
- the Havermeyer Mansion, from around the 1870s.
Wear good walking shoes.
The tour will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will be led by archaeologist Edward Lenik. Participants will meet and assemble at Continental Soldiers Park on Ramapo Valley Road, in Mahwah. The park entrance is across from the large Ramapo College parking lot.