Welcome to the Highlands Heritage Center at Harmony Hall
Visitors to the Highlands Heritage Center at Harmony Hall hike to the summit of historic Torne Mountain in the Ramapo River Pass - an important scouting station for the Continental Army stationed at Sidman's Ford near Sloatsburg, NY to protect the pass from an invading British Army.
The historic significance of the Hudson Highlands and the Ramapo River Pass touch nearly every aspect of our shared history as a nation. From the area's deep Native American roots to the construction of transportation infrastructure that carries millions of residents, visitors and commercial vehicles through the Ramapo Pass each year, the Highlands Heritage Center at Harmony Hal serves as threshold to a region that has played a significant role in the history of the nation, inviting a new generation of Americans and international visitors to experience the culture, environmental and recreational treasures of the Hudson Highlands and its many historic communities.
Whether you come to experience the beauty of a region that inspired the birth of the Hudson River School of painters or are one of the many guests who attend our annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival on the mansion's Great Lawn, Harmony Hall is a textbook example of the power of historic preservation.
Although the manion is a "restoration in progress," it has welcomed thousands of visitors to the Hudson Valley since December 2006, when the 1848 Jacob Sloat House first appeared on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Those who have come to attend one of our many events, or simply to tour the mansion itself, are witnessing the transformation of a Highlands treasure from an endangered and abandoned building to a cultural and economic gem capable of supporting a regional tourism industry that offers unrivaled opportunities to discover the American story, explore the many treasures hidden in our many historic villages, hike trails laid down by our Native American ancestors, visit one of our many majestic state parks, cruise a local river by canoe or on a Hudson River tourboat, or simply spend time off the beaten track to enjoy the lush beauty of some of the world's oldest mountains.