Santa Claus will visit the Donald Cooper Railroad at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, on Friday December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
A great attraction for kids, this railroad operates up to 8 trains – including Thomas the Tank Engine – and youngsters delight in the realistic subway that runs at their eye level. The model contains street fairs, a skateboard park, construction sites and a replica of the Great Falls of Patterson. Donated by Mahwah resident Renee Darboe, the Donald Cooper Railroad includes over 700 cars and 70 locomotives from her late husband’s collection. The layout and scenery was created by dedicated volunteers who work many hours each week to wire the tracks, maintain the cars and the tracks, and keep the railroad in good condition.
Mahwah Museum’s ongoing exhibits, “Les Paul in Mahwah” and “New Jersey Fights in the Civil War” will be open specially for Santa’s visit that evening. Visitors can learn about Les Paul, long-time Mahwah resident, inventor, musician and self-taught engineer. “New Jersey Fights in the Civil War” is a fascinating look at the part New Jersey played in the Civil War and includes a section on medical practices of the time.
The Mahwah Museum, at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, is open Wednesdays and weekends from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, children and members free. Further information is available at 201.512.0099 or at www.mahwahmuseum.org.
The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.