Welcome to Ridgewood Talks


We are so excited to present this program of talks with some of the leaders and the legends in our village! This is an amazing community we live in, as many of you have discovered firsthand on our Ridgewood Walks tours! Now we’re taking the exploration a step further with Ridgewood Talks! We’ll keep you updated about local events, dig into the town’s hot topics, and introduce you to the people who make this community a special place to live. We will be covering a wide variety of topics and illuminating the different points of views that make this village strong and connected. We are serious about bringing our residents together to engage productively and have some fun doing it! Let's listen to each other. And remember, Be Kind and Do Good.



Audio Tours


Ridgewood Walks, Ridgewood Talks presents self-guided Audio Tours! Recorded tours of historic Ridgewood will be posted here so you can enjoy our walking tours safely. More tours will be added throughout the year. Please be sure to bring water and to follow health regulations during social distancing. We encourage you to donate to The Ridgewood Historical Society.

The Other Side of Ridgewood

Start and End points: The Glen School, 865 E Glen Ave.

Walking time: approx. 1 hour

Your Guide: Ben Greenman, author and Ridgewood dad


This part of Ridgewood lies east of Route 17 and exists somewhat apart from the rest of the village. At the same time, it is located near what was originally Ridgewood's center, and reflects its colonial past. The tour includes several historic houses, including the Zabriskie-Schedler house, along with a footbridge over the Saddle River. A subset of this area, known as Salem Ridge, was developed in the 1950’s.



Historic Downtown Westside, Ridgewood

Start and End points: The Ridgewood Train Station, 6 Garber Sq.

Walking time: approx. 40 mins

Your Guide: Jeanne Johnson, founder of Ridgewood Walks/Talks


Learn about the rich history of some of Ridgewood's most beautiful structures. Begin at the Ridgewood Railroad Station built in 1915-1916 and continue on to Garber Square. The tour features the Pease Library and the Play House Theatre, which originally opened its doors in 1913.



Historic Brookside

Start and End points:  Corner of Ridgewood Ave. & Brookside Ave.

Walking time: approx. 40 mins

Your Guide: Rosie McCooe, longtime Ridgewood resident and real estate agent

This tour was orginally designed by Audrey Darby, a Ridgewood native and founder/CEO of Match Me Partners—a Nationwide real estate agent referral firm that builds charitable partnerships.


Learn about one of Ridgewood's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods. This tour includes history on Ridgewood High School, The Little Theatre, the Hank-Boyd-Mastin house and more.