Ramey began as a local stop of the newly opened Paterson and Ramapo Railroad in 1848. In local agriculture, the cash crop was strawberries, with four to eight railcars being loaded each night during the season. In 1851 alone, one million baskets of strawberries were shipped to New York City. Before the railroad, this section of Bergen County was rural, with narrow dirt roads dividing farms that ranged from 50 to 500 acres. These farms included pastures, woodlands, cultivated areas, and orchards. According to records, the average farm reserved one to five acres to grow strawberries.
Ramsey’s Parks and Recreation Department provides residents of all ages with many programs and seasonally themed events. Their athletics programs include basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, and bowling. They also have a volleyball clinic for girls in fourth through eighth grade. For adults, there are opportunities to participate in softball and soccer. There’s also a home run derby, Easter egg hunt, Halloween parade and costume contest, movie events during the summer in Finch Park, and snow tubing at Mahwah’s Campgaw.
For commuters, there’s a New Jersey Transit station on Route 17 at Spring Street.
The Ramsey School District includes three elementary schools (two being PreK-3rd, and one being 4th-5th), one middle school, one high school, and a community school.
If you have a passion for volunteering, Ramsey has many opportunities for you to do so, as you can help such groups as the library board, recreation commission, rescue squad, environmental commission, fire department, ambulance corp, and the youth guidance council.