The Van Riper-Hopper House, built in 1786, was dedicated as a museum in 1964. Also on the property is the…More Archeological Laboratory and the Van Duyne House, which was moved to this location in 1974 because its original location was in the path of Route 23.
The gardens are peaceful and rustic; a welcome respite to the hustle and bustle of Wayne on a busy afternoon. There is also a beautiful view of the Point View Reservior from the grounds.
Terhune Memorial Park - Sunnybank overlooks Pompton Lake at the edge of the Ramapo Valley. It is a 9.6 acre tract…More of pre-Revolutionary oaks once tended to by Albert Payson Terhune and his wife Anice Stockton Terhune (1874-1964).
Albert Terhune wrote many books about collies, set at Sunnybank, among them "Lad, A Dog," and "Further Adventures of Lad."
The park was purchased by the Township of Wayne with the aid of Green acre funds, and is used as a cultural center for art shows, collie competitions, fairs and other outdoor events.
The "spell" of Sunny bank can be felt underfoot as one walks the grounds of Terhune Memorial Park. Empty of the Sunnybank collies and the Terhunes, there is still an Edenlike quality to the grounds.
Visitors can view the Terhune Collection of books and collie dog awards at the Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum.
The Terhune Memorial Park – Sunnybank is owned and maintained by the Wayne Township Department of Parks and Recreation.
The land was originally part of the Arent Schuyler crown grant of 1695. During the bitter winter of 1777-78, the Van Cortlandt Regiment encamped in the Sunnybank driveway.
The Citizens for Sunnybank Committee, the Collie Clubs of America, community groups such as the Women's Clubs, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Albert Payson Terhune Foundation are all involved in a joint effort to make Terhune Memorial Park a beautiful example of nature's best.