Oradell

One of Bergen County's many Dutch settlements. Oradell still has some of its early stone houses, particularly along Kinderkamack and Paramus roads. On Midland Rd. you can also see an example of a Stickley house. The Edward W. Vaill house was built in 1911 according to one of the plans published in the Craftsman and furnished completely in arts and crafts style. The railroad station dates to 1890. In a converted late-19th-century firehouse, the Bergen County Players, a community group founded in the early 1930s, presents eight shows each season,including a minimusical for children each December.

The hometown of Walter Schirra, the astronaut who orbited around the earth six times in 1962, Oradell is also the home of the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, an unusual museum devoted to a personal collection focusing on wildlife. Housed in the former carriage house of the late-19th-century Blauvelt mansion, the collection includes examples of animals from around the world as well as paintings and sculpture related to animal themes. Among the holdings is a rare Audobon edition.

Before the Revolution, a mill stood on the site on which the former Hackensack Water Company built a pumping station (1882) and other facilities. Now that the water company no longer uses this location, a controversy has developed whether to keep the area for open space and a nature center or let it be used for development.

Just south of Oradell, in New Milford, is the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. Housed in a former church built in the 1890s, the center sponsors exhibits in its gallery and offers classes in all media.

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