Paramus Community Information

Paramus was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians. The Indian word for the area was Perampsus, which means, "Where there is worthwhile or fertile land." The earliest recorded spelling of the town's name is "Parames." In April 1922, Paramus was incorporated. The town's name means "A fertile land where corn was grown, attracting wild turkeys."

The family-oriented community of Paramus offers plenty of things for residents to do. The Paramus Public Library hosts reading and storytelling programs for kids, while the Paramus Municipal Swimming Pool is open to all town residents. The Paramus Golf and Country Club—a borough-owned and operated facility—provides an 18-hole course along with a pro shop and a restaurant. The town is also home to six shopping centers, providing a wide variety of shops, eateries and service businesses.

A major attraction in Paramus is the Bergen Museum of Art and Science. The museum showcases fossils, minerals and rocks along with Indian artifacts and tools from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. Live reptiles and amphibians are located in the Nature Room. Also featured are regional and traveling art exhibits along with Holocaust displays and a music program.

In addition to the New Jersey Children's Museum and the Bergen Museum of Art and Science located in Paramus, local history can also be found at the various museums around the county. The Bergen County Historical Society is a volunteer organization that promotes the preservation and study of local history. The Hermitage is an historic house that was visited by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. It also hosted the wedding of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. The Schoolhouse Museum features an original 19th century schoolroom complete with blackboard, desks, school bell and potbelly stove. Also on display are American Revolution and Civil War artifacts. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum features wildlife art and big game displays. An 18th century Dutch colonial farmhouse is home to the Old Stone House and Junior Museum.

Bergen County was formed in 1683 and was one of the four original New Jersey counties. It is one of the top five wealthiest counties in the country and consistently rates in the top ten healthiest places to live in the United States. The county has the lowest tax rate in New Jersey and, statewide, has the greatest percentage of jobs and businesses.

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