“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Park Ridge in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Wortendykes

The Wortendykes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
1. The Wortendykes Marker
Inscription. The first Wortendykes to settle this land were Dutch-American farmers. The Wortendykes were common people and little is known of their lives and work from written historical records. The major testimony to their time here is this barn, the house across the road [private property] and a smaller barn and carriage shed that have been moved away but still serve their owners.

We know the Wortendyke family lived in New York when it was ruled by the Dutch and called New Amsterdam. Frederick Wortendyke, Sr. [1680-1771] was born there. He moved to New Jersey in 1722 and bought 452 acres in nearby Tappan. Thirteen years later, he bought another 465 acres, which included this location.

When he died, his two sons, Frederick, Jr. and Rynier, inherited equal acreage. Frederick, Jr. [1720-1797] built this barn and house and farmed here until his death.

His death saw the land divided into smaller parts between his children with his son John Wortendyke [1774-1844] getting this land. Upon his death, his children divided the property with his son Peter [c. 1809-1889] receiving this land.

In 1851, after 116 years in the family, Peter sold his inheritance, then a mere 40 acres including this barn.

The Wortendykes were active in this locality for many years.

The family experienced the Revolutionary War at first
Markers the Wortendyke Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
2. Markers the Wortendyke Barn
Several markers are found at this location. The Wortendykes marker is leftmost marker in the photo.
hand. One of Frederick’s sons was taken prisoner by the British in New York, as was his brother’s son. In 1780 Frederick’s son died of war wounds. At the same time another brother’s son moved to the safety of New York because of his Loyalist feelings.

When a Wortendyke died in 1885 nearly six hundred dollars in Continental money was discovered in his estate. People said it was money his father earned from supplying Washington’s Army during the Revolution.

Through the years, Wortendykes bought and farmed more land in this neighborhood. Several farms grew up along Pascack Road. They were active in the Dutch Reform Church located just down this road. In the 1770s, Jacob Wortendyke used five slaves to tend his farm, not unusual in the eighteenth century New Jersey.

Gradually, however, they moved away and now only a few people in this locality can trace their history to Frederick Wortendyke’s purchase of this land in 1735.
Location. 41° 1.714′ N, 74° 2.727′ W. Marker is in Park Ridge, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Park Ridge, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park Ridge NJ 07656, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Between Two Brooks – The Wortendyke Barn (here, next to this marker); The Dutch of Bergen County
The Wortendyke Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
3. The Wortendyke Barn
This Dutch style barn was built in 1770 by Frederick Wortendyke, Jr..
(here, next to this marker); Wortendyke Dutch Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Wortendyke Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter P. Post House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pascack Reformed Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Atkins Glen (approx. half a mile away); Pascack Historical Society Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Park Ridge.
More about this marker. The marker contains a map showing the Wortendyke farmstead indicating Rynier Wortendyke’s 250 acres and Frederick Wortendyke’s 240 acres. The location of the barn is shown on Frederick’s plot as well as present day Present day Spring Valley Road, Glen Road and Pascack Road. The Wortendyke Family Tree appears on the right side of the marker. It has a subtitle of “The Wortendykes in Bergen County, from Frederick who bought the land we are standing on, to Peter who sold it, are characterized by large families and long life.”
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
The Wortendyke Dutch Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
4. The Wortendyke Dutch Barn
The Wortendyke House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2010
5. The Wortendyke House
This house, located across the street from the barn, was also built in 1770 by Frederick Wortendyke, Jr.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 985 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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