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. New Antrim's location was considered strategically important
in the American Revolutionary War due to its location near Ramapo Pass.
During the war, Commander-in-Chief General George Washington and his regiment made camp in the village. Lafayette Avenue, the main street of Suffern, is named in honor of Revolutionary War hero
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Rock Gilbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette.
For more on Suffern, visit The Village of Suffern here.