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The area now known as Ridgewood, New Jersey was once the hunting and fishing grounds of the Lenni Lenape Indians. When the first Europeans arrived, they found a forested wilderness plentiful in turkeys. Wild turkeys still roam parts of northern New Jersey to this day. In Colonial times, the entire area was known as Paramus. The first settlements were by the Dutch in the area of the Old Paramus Reformed Church located at what is now the intersection of East Glen Avenue and Route 17. Several times during the Revolutionary War, this church served as the headquarters of General George Washington. When the Revolutionary War ended, there were only twenty families living in the limits of modern-day Ridgewood. The Dutch Americans who populated this land were independent and spent their days tending to the necessities of survival. Many lived off the land, and worked in mills along the Hohokus Brook or Saddle River. The railroad came into being and propelled growth throughout all of New Jersey. The closest stop was Hohokus, which was a long distance away. Many mill owners argued about the distance they had to travel for the rail, so eventually they created a new stop in Ridgewood, which is the current stop today. The train set off a modest real estate boom as New Yorkers were attracted to the agreeable residences that were being built within easy distance of the station. Currently, Ridgewood is known for its antique homes and main street charm. The restaurants and shops of an energetic downtown, attract visitors from all over the region. Manhattan is not a far communte for those who rely on the big city for their livelihood, yet need that peace and quiet in a nice New Jersey suburb. Shade trees, soccer fields and sidewalk sales - Ridgewood has it all, with an appreciation for the past and optimism for the future. Ridgewood was ranked 26th in Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in America, 2011.

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