Old Dutch Parsonage

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Old Dutch Parsonage
Old Dutch Parsonage Somerville.jpg
Old Dutch Parsonage is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Old Dutch Parsonage
Old Dutch Parsonage is located in New Jersey
Old Dutch Parsonage
Old Dutch Parsonage is located in the US
Old Dutch Parsonage
Location 65 Washington Place, Somerville, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°34′5″N 74°37′23″W / 40.56806°N 74.62306°W / 40.56806; -74.62306Coordinates: 40°34′5″N 74°37′23″W / 40.56806°N 74.62306°W / 40.56806; -74.62306
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1751
NRHP Reference # 71000514[1]
NJRHP # 2581[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 25, 1971
Designated NJRHP September 11, 1970

The Old Dutch Parsonage is a historical house built in 1751, moved about 1913 and now located at 38 Washington Place, Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.[3]


Old Dutch Parsonage cemetery

The two and a half story brick house was the home of the first ministers of the first Dutch Reformed Churches in the area, built by the combined efforts of the congregations in Somerville, New Jersey, and Raritan, New Jersey, in 1751.

The first occupant was Reverend John Frelinghuysen (1727-1754) who taught seminarians in the house. His son Frederick Frelinghuysen was a Captain in the Continental Army.

Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, one of the seminarians who occupied the house after Frelinghuysen's death along with the former reverend's widow and her children, succeeded Frelinghuysen as minister, occupant of the house, and, in 1756, as husband to the former Mrs. Frelinghuysen.[4]

Hardenbergh helped establish Queen's College, now known as Rutgers University in 1766 and in 1785 became its first President. He moved from the house in 1781 but it continued in use as a parsonage until 1810.[5]

Dr. Peter Stryker bought the house in 1810 and sold it to the Doughty family in 1836. They owned it until 1907 when they sold it to the Central Railroad of New Jersey.

In 1913, the house was set to be knocked down by the railroad, but instead it was moved adjacent to the Wallace House, which was built in 1775.

Harmanus Barkeloo II (1745–1788) and John Waldron (1737–1790) are buried in the cemetery.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Somerset County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. November 28, 2016. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Sarapin, Janice Kohl (2002). Old Burial Grounds of New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2111-4. 
  4. ^ "Old Dutch Parsonage, Somerville". Richard Stockton College of NJ. Retrieved 2007-08-26. The Old Dutch Parsonage was constructed in 1751 with funds from three Dutch Reformed Church Congregations of the Raritan Valley. It was first occupied by Reverend John Frelinghuysen, a member of George Washington’s staff during the Revolutionary War. While he served the three congregations, he also tutored several young men in his home, preparing them for the seminary. Frelinghuysen died in 1754, leaving behind his wife, Dinah, and two children, Frederick and Eva. 
  5. ^ "Old Dutch Parsonage and Wallace House". New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 

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