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Sloatsburg in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ramapo Valley

Historic New York

 
 
Ramapo Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
1. Ramapo Valley Marker
Inscription.
          The steep, barren Ramapo Mountains, with elevations of less than 1300 feet, isolated this region from the mainstream of developments in the Hudson Valley. The Ramapo River, flowing from Round Lake near Monroe into New Jersey, provided a natural route through the mountains, and the path of a Delaware Indian trail. Permanent settlement in the valley, beginning about 1710, was slow until after 1740.

          During the American Revolution, American forces defended the strategic Ramapo Pass to forestall British advances. From the Ramapos, Claudius Smith, a Tory brigand, made raids on patriot settlements. Following the war, some Tories, Hessians, Dutch, Negroes and Indians sought refuge in the mountains. Their descendants           lived in seclusion in the Ramapo wilderness, largely cut off, until World War II, from developments around them.

          Sterling Iron Works, dating from 1751, produced during the American Revolution the iron chain used to obstruct British progress up the Hudson. Iron foundries, cotton mills and small industries developed in the valley. Following arrival of the Erie Railroad in 1841, the area became a source of vegetables and dairy products for New York City. Many fashionable estates appeared in the vicinity. Recently the region has become one of suburban communities.
 
Erected
Ramapo Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
2. Ramapo Valley Marker
1963 by State of New York Education Department, N.Y.S. Thruway Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 41° 9.071′ N, 74° 11.31′ W. Marker is in Sloatsburg, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on New York State Thruway (Interstate 87), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Sloatsburg Travel Plaza on the New York State Thruway. Marker is in this post office area: Sloatsburg NY 10974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sloat House & Inn (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Glenwood Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Torne Brook Farm (approx. 1.4 miles away); Suffern's Depot, 1841-1941 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Suffern Grammar School (approx. 3 miles away); Horse Watering Trough (approx. 3.2 miles away); Suffern’s Tavern (approx. 3.2 miles away); Soldier’s Monument (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sloatsburg.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on the New York State Thruway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
3. Marker on the New York State Thruway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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