Suffern, New York

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Suffern is a village in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States located north of the State of New Jersey; east of Hillburn; south of Montebello and west of Airmont. As of the 2000 census, Suffern's population was 11,006.

The village is one of the more urban communities in Rockland County.



"The Point of the Mountains" or "Sidman's Clove" were names used in designating the present village of Suffern before the Revolution. Originally inhabited by the Monsey (Minsi) Indians, a sub-tribe of the Sanhicans, who were a division of the great Delaware or Lanni-Lenape Indian nation. Upon Sidman's death it passed into the hands of his son-in-law, John Smith, who sold it to John Suffern.

The Village of Suffern was founded in 1796. John Suffern, first Rockland County judge, 1798–1806, after whom the town is named, settled near the base of the Ramapo Mountains in 1773. It was originally called New Antrim, after Suffern's hometown in Ireland, to where his Huguenot ancestors had fled from France in 1585. New Antrim's location was considered strategically important in the American Revolutionary War due to its location near Ramapo Pass.

Suffern is part of the W3R-NHT. On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation enacting the creation of a new National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, the W3R-NHT. This new trail commemorates the march of General Washington and the comte de Rochambeau, who was sent to America by King Louis XVI of France, along with approximately 5,000 troops, to aid the Americans in their struggle to gain independence from British rule.

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