Whitehouse, New Jersey

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Not to be confused with Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
Whitehouse, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Whitehouse, New Jersey is located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Whitehouse, New Jersey
Whitehouse, New Jersey
Whitehouse's location in Hunterdon County (Inset: Hunterdon County in New Jersey)
Coordinates: 40°37′06″N 74°44′40″W / 40.61833°N 74.74444°W / 40.61833; -74.74444Coordinates: 40°37′06″N 74°44′40″W / 40.61833°N 74.74444°W / 40.61833; -74.74444
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Township Readington
Elevation 210 ft (64 m)
ZIP code 08889
GNIS feature ID 0881798[1]
Posts at DAR cemetery using stone from the Van Horn tavern

Whitehouse is an unincorporated community located within Readington Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. The community lies along the Jersey Turnpike, just west of Mechanicsville.

In 1722, Abraham Van Horne purchased 490 acres (2.0 km2) in Readington along the Rockaway Creek. There, he built a grist mill and saw mill. Around 1750, he built a white plastered wall tavern on the creek where the Jersey Turnpike crossed (this is now the corner of Washington Street and U.S. Route 22). The tavern began to be referred to as the "White House" by travellers. The village, which sprang up to the east of the tavern also carried this name. Stones from the original tavern can be seen along the retaining wall of the Daughters of the American Revolution cemetery, where the tavern once stood.[2] The community of White House stretched along the Jersey Turnpike (now Route 22 and Old Route 28), which was the main street. The settlement included taverns, stores, grist mills, an academy, a Dutch Reformed Church and numerous houses.[3]

Nearby Whitehouse Station, which also indirectly took the name from the tavern, was not built up until 1848 when an extension of the Somerville and Easton Railroad was built.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whitehouse". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ Van Horn, Paul E. "Abraham Van Horn, Owner, White House Tavern" Accessed December 10, 2009.
  3. ^ Barber, John Warner and Henry Howe. "Historical collections of the state of New Jersey: containing a general collection of the most interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, etc. relating to its history and antiquities, with geographical descriptions of every township in the state". Indiana University Press, 1868.