Introduction to Valhalla, New York
According to historians, the wife of the local postmaster was an ardent fan of German composer, theater director and essayist, Richard Wagner. Like Wagner, she was interested in the Myth of the Norse, so she coined the name Valhalla, which in the mythology referred to the heavenly hall of slain warriors. Valhalla’s connection with death continues through the presence of the world famous cemetery area, the Kensico Cemetery, which was founded in 1889 when most cemeteries in New York City were filled.
Valhalla and nearby Attractions
- Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
- Abyssinian Baptist Church
- Graham Hills County Park
- Bartlett Arboretum
- Bergen County Zoological Park
Things To Do In Valhalla
Lyndhurst, the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Philipsburg Manor are some of the local museums. Nearby historic sites include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Apollo Theater and Marshall Field III. Local parks include Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Park and Blauvelt State Park. The Bartlett Arboretum and the Bergen County Zoological Park are all accessible from Valhalla as well.
Newark International is the local airport.
Valhalla Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Barnard College, Bergen Community College and Boricua College.