Van Ness House (Fairfield, New Jersey)
Van Ness House
|Nearest city||Fairfield, New Jersey|
|Area||0.1 acres (0.040 ha)|
|Built||November 5, 1740|
|NRHP reference #||77000862|
|Added to NRHP||July 29, 1977|
|Designated NJRHP||August 10, 1976|
Van Ness family history
After arriving in America in 1699, nine Dutch settlers (Simon Van Ness, Gerebrand Clawson, Hans Spier, Elias Franson, Christopher Steinmets, Andrese Louwrentz, Garret Vanderhoof, Hessell Pieters and Jan Spier) purchased the 14,000 acre (57 km²) Horseneck Tract from the Lenape Native Americans for goods equal to about $325 today. Simon Van Ness owned 300 acres of the north-east boundary. He also gathered some of this land through private contracts with the Lenape Native Americans. Eventually, he ran into trouble with the Lords Proprietor of the region, so he accepted their terms and got a deed on September 3, 1744, confirming he owned the land. After his death in 1749, Simon distributed the land to his four children and two sons-in-law. His son Isaac was given most of what is now Fairfield, New Jersey. Isaac's son Peter was named executor of the will of Isaac Reyken (Ryker) on September 30, 1768. Peter Van Ness then became the first registered owner of the Van Ness House, along the Passaic River where it can still be found today.
Changes to the house
The house went through some renovation in the 1840s, 1930s, and today has electricity.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Essex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. January 10, 2010. p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- "Peter Van Ness Farmhouse, Fairfield Road, Fairfield, Essex County, NJ". https://www.loc.gov/. Library of Congress. Retrieved 28 September 2014. External link in
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