Fall Fest celebrates Fosters Meadow


The Franklin Square Historical Society held its annual Fall Fest on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at its museum site on Naple Avenue in Rath Park. The yearly event draws locals who are interested in learning about the history of Fosters Meadow, a German community that settled in the 1800s.

The area formerly called Fosters Meadow was first developed as a German farming community in the 1850’s. The area is modern day Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, Laurelton, Rosedale Cambria Heights, Springfield, Floral Park, Franklin Square and parts of Jamaica, Queens. Still today, many of their descendants are actively farming in New York, New Jersey and


On hand at the Fall Fest were games and craft activities for kids, a bake and book sale, and opportunities to see some of the farming implements that are part of the museum’s collection.