Van Allen House

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Van Allen House
Van Allen House in 2015
Van Allen House is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Van Allen House
Van Allen House is located in New Jersey
Van Allen House
Van Allen House is located in the United States
Van Allen House
LocationCorner of U.S. 202 and Franklin Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey
Coordinates41°1′47″N 74°14′11″W / 41.02972°N 74.23639°W / 41.02972; -74.23639Coordinates: 41°1′47″N 74°14′11″W / 41.02972°N 74.23639°W / 41.02972; -74.23639
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference No.73001080[1]
NJRHP No.604[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 24, 1973
Designated NJRHPJune 13, 1973

The Van Allen House is located in Oakland, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The house was built around 1740 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1973.


The Van Allen House was built around 1740 as the home of farmer Hendrik Van Allen.[3] 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.[4] In 1778 and 1779, Bergen County used the house as a court.[5] 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.[3] 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.[6] There were several branches of the family in the Paterson Passaic Bergen, New Jersey area.

See also[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b John Madden and Kevin Heffernan (2003). Oakland. p. 35. ISBN 0-7385-1301-6.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Craig Mitchell (2003). George Washington's New Jersey: A Guide to the Crossroads of the American. p. 64. ISBN 0-9705804-1-X.
  6. ^ Barbara Westergaard (2006). New Jersey: A Guide to the State. p. 259. ISBN 0-8135-3685-5.