Welcome to Suffern, NY nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains bordering Harriman State Park – a very easy, convenient and short commute from New York City’s Penn Station on the NJ Transit Line or on Coach USA. By car, Suffern is just a 45-minute drive North with ample parking available.
Suffern has a population of over 11,000. There’s lots to enjoy in Suffern, from our impressive number of eclectic restaurants and quaint shops to a myriad of events in venues such as our historical Lafayette Theater and Torne Valley Vineyards, to the outdoors hub that is Explore Harriman with hiking, climbing and more adventures!
The village of Suffern was founded in 1796. John Suffern, first Rockland County judge, 1798–1806, settled near the base of the Ramapo Mountains in 1773, and called the place New Antrim, after his home in County Antrim, Ireland, where his Huguenot ancestors (originally spelled “Suffren”) had settled. New Antrim’s location was considered strategically important in the Revolutionary War due to its location at an important crossroads near Ramapo Pass. General George Washington and other important military leaders used John Suffern’s home as headquarters when they were in the area.
Suffern is part of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service. This trail commemorates the route followed by General Washington and the French comte de Rochambeau as they traveled to the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, which led to the end of America’s War of Independence.