Carmelite Retreat Center and Chapman House Tour

Carmel Retreat Center, formerly The Clarence Chapman Estate, on Rt. 202, Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah.

Special event:

Mahwah Museum members were invited to join a very special tour of the Carmel Retreat House, formerly the Chapman Estate, which has been acquired by the Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic.  The tour was conducted by Donald Parker, President of the Carrier Clinic.

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) and the Carrier Clinic recently merged with the objective of improving behavioral health treatment in northern New Jersey.   Kelly Briggs, Administrative Director of Integrative Health and Medicine for the Carrier Clinic, facilitated the tour.  A huge thank you to Membership Chair John Fesen for making this tour available for museum members; we hope to have more events like this in the future.

For more about this historic property, click here.

John Fesen, Mahwah Museum Membership Chair, presents Donald Parker, President of Carrier Clinic, and Kelly Briggs, Administrative Director of Integrative Health and Medicine, with a framed map and the book, Images of Mahwah by Carol Wehran Greene.

Donald Parker, Carol Wehran Greene, Mahwah Township Historian, and Gail Doscher examine a native stone fireplace and massive andirons.

Ridgewood Historian Joe Suplicki, Gail Doscher, Mahwah Township Historian Carol W. Greene and Mahwah Museum President Cathy Moran Hajo.

Plaque in the taproom

Museum members Dave Rounds and Pat Fesen in Taproom.


Former Ramapo College student Sue Ramirez  stands in the room she occupied as a first year Ramapo College student in 1971.

Entrance Hall, Chapman Estate

Central hall stairway landing, Chapman House




Circular Stairway to Library

Chapel Fireplace

Tilework in the taproom

Hallway to kitchen

Chapel wing

Retreat Center


Former Chapman House /Retreat Center, future home of the Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic Retreat Center.   Photos by Diane Mateo