Monday, April 18, 2011

Once a Mighty Bough ~ Tappan, New York

A fence rail weathered and gray
By rain, sun, storm, of many season's day
Hear I the whispering echoes of a tree
Once a mighty bough with nesting robins it be
The tree its gift yet to be, yet to live
A perch for the robin it does give
The robin sings its song knowing wise
It perches upon the tree's present disguise
And I in stillness and delight do hear
The song of the robin perched ever so near
It heralds Spring and all blossoming bright
Such blessings of Creation, the warming light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Fence Post Lookout, Photograph, Stephen Baird,

This My Home Town

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tappan (pronouncded tuh-PAN) is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in the Town of Orangetown Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Old Tappan, New Jersey; east of Nau...raushaun and Pearl River; south of Blauvelt and west of Palisades and Sparkill. The population was 6,757 at the 2000 census.


The Tappan were a Lenape people who inhabited the region radiating from Hudson Palisades and New York – New Jersey Highlands at the time of European colonialization in the 17th century.


The first County Courthouse was built in Tappan, though by 1737, sessions alternated between Tappan and Goshen.


The first school house in Rockland County was built in Tappan. It was used as a school until 1860. There would not be another school in the county until late in the 18th century.

And for you to Enjoy...

Tappan: A Walk Through History ~



    a lovely image in quiet beauty and seasoned by weather and time as are we all. your words soothe me and inspire me and give me hope and calm. thank you.
    Love Gail

  2. Robins are probably one of the first birds I learned about as a child...beautiful bird, interesting history of an area...thank you!