The HSR gratefully acknowledges the generosity of local author and artist Anne Knight Ruff who has graciously allowed the use of a photo of one of her famous panoramic paintings of Bank Avenue as part of the design for the new homepage design for our website.

Her charming and colorful interpretation of the 1890 view of  Bank Avenue serves as a cheery welcome to all who chance by our website bidding them to delve further into Riverton’s unique history.

Known to her friends as “Bay” Ruff, she also wrote a book capturing bygone days of Riverton, her home for over 80 years. One need not be from Riverton in order to be amused and entertained by this collection of brief essays organized by stages in her life.

Told against the backdrop of life in our unique borough, her insightful musings on friends, acquaintances, relatives, and lifelong love of swimming, as she deals with hearing impairment and household upkeep will both inform your mind and touch your spirit.

This marvelous 256 page paperbound book is available for $15 locally from the Riverton Free Library. Ask about quantity pricing for reading groups.

Read more details about Anne Knight Ruff’s life and how the book came to be in this 2002 New York Times interview by Jill P. Capuzzo: “IN PERSON; A Born Storyteller, She Took Her Time” We were greatly saddened when she passed away in 2013.  – JMc