Van Allen House
Van Allen House
Van Allen House in 2015
|Location||Corner of U.S. 202 and Franklin Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP reference #||73001080|
|Added to NRHP||July 24, 1973|
|Designated NJRHP||June 13, 1973|
The Van Allen House was built around 1740 as the home of farmer Hendrik Van Allen. During the Revolutionary War, it served as the headquarters for George Washington on July 14, 1777. At the time, he was moving his troops from Morristown, New Jersey to New York. In 1778 and 1779, Bergen County used the house as a court. Edward Day Page, dairy farmer, businessman, and Oakand's second mayor, owned the house as well as the northern fourth of Oakland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It was saved from demolition by the Oakland Historical society with aid from the Woman's Club of Oakland. It is now maintained as a museum displaying colonial Dutch life. There were several branches of the family in the Paterson Passaic Bergen, New Jersey area.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Bergen County, New Jersey
- List of Washington's Headquarters during the Revolutionary War
Another old house with similar family name is in Columbia County, New York, which may have been the loyalist branch of the Van Alen Van Allen family.
And another house of the same family, the Van Alen House, in Defreetsville, NY, across from Albany.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Bergen County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. January 10, 2010. p. 5. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
- John Madden and Kevin Heffernan (2003). Oakland. p. 35. ISBN 0-7385-1301-6.
- Mark Di Ionno (2000). A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail for Families and History Buffs. p. 21. ISBN 0-8135-2770-8.
- Craig Mitchell (2003). George Washington's New Jersey: A Guide to the Crossroads of the American. p. 64. ISBN 0-9705804-1-X.
- Barbara Westergaard (2006). New Jersey: A Guide to the State. p. 259. ISBN 0-8135-3685-5.
- John Madden and Kevin Heffernan (2003). Oakland. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1301-6.
- Mark Di Ionno (2000). A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail for Families and History Buffs. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2770-8.
- Craig Mitchell (2003). George Washington's New Jersey: A Guide to the Crossroads of the American. B B & A Publishers. ISBN 0-9705804-1-X.
- Barbara Westergaard (2006). New Jersey: A Guide to the State. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3685-5.
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