Crossroads of Rockland History: Place Names

2024-06-17 Crossroads Image-Barbieri
June 17, 2024

Place Names in Rockland
This program originally aired on June 17, 2024. To listen, click here.

Did you ever wonder about the origins of place names in Rockland County? Joe Barbieri of the New City Library joined host Clare Sheridan to explore names such as Bulsontown, Stagg’s Corners, Hyenga Lake, Mosestown, Woodburn, Warren, and more.

Joe Barbieri is the Adult Services and Local History Librarian at the New City Library. He specializes in local history, assisting patrons in research using electronic and print sources. He is also a member of the Genealogical Society of Rockland County.

The following are resources mentioned in this episode.


  • Cole, David, editor. History of Rockland County. (1884) The Historical Society of Rockland County. 
  • Green, Frank Bertangue MD, editor. The History of Rockland County. (1886)  The Historical Society of Rockland County. 
  • Tompkins, Arthur S., editor. Historical Record to the Close of the Nineteenth Century of Rockland County, New York. Van Deusen & Joyce, 1902.
  • Zimmermann, Linda. Rockland County Scrap Book. Eagle Press, 2004 
  • Zimmermann, Linda, editor. Rockland County 1900-2000: Century of History. The Historical Society of Rockland County, 2002.



For more about the New City Library, visit https://newcitylibrary.org/rockland-room-local-history
For more about the Genealogical Society of Rockland County, visit 


If you can’t listen live, locally, on WRCR 1700AM, another great way to hear our program is to to download the TuneIn Radio app (Apple Store or the Google Android store) and then search for WRCR 1700. Using this app, one can listen on a handheld device, a smart speaker or a  computer.  And as always, the broadcast will be available as a podcast, later in the day on the HSRC Website, or on all major podcast platforms. The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York. 


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