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Jan Mabie House, 1670

 
 
Jan Mabie House, 1670 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 28, 2007
1. Jan Mabie House, 1670 Marker
Inscription.
Oldest House in Mohawk
Valley, East of this
Point, Built by Daniel
Janse Van Antwerpen, 1670

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 51.9′ N, 74° 1.975′ W. Marker is near Rotterdam Junction, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on Main Street (New York State Route 5S), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is beside the road along the property of the Mabee Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1080 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction NY 12150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jan Mabee House (within shouting distance of this marker); Maalwyck (approx. 3.8 miles away); Enlarged Lock 23 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 23 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Johnson Hall – 1763 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Robert Allen Deitcher (approx. 4 miles away); Vedder Family Cemetery (approx. 4.5 miles away); Scotch Church Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Jan Mabie House, 1670. The NYS marker states the Mabee home was built in 1670, however in November of 2007 a team of Dendrochronologists from
The Mabee Farm House image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 27, 2007
2. The Mabee Farm House
the Cornell University Tree Ring Laboratory (Dendrochronology: a scientific technique for tree ring dating) took samples from the Mabee farm and later it was determined the Mabee farm house was built in 1705.

Built in 1705, the original one room house, with a very steep pitched roof, has a dutch style jambless fireplace, an area for a box bed, huge ceiling beams, and wide plank floors. Another room was added 1760 to accommodate Jan Mabee's growing family.


This 300+ year old Dutch farm is set along the beautiful banks of the Mohawk River on Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction, which is just to the west of Schenectady, NY.

The oldest house still standing in the Mohawk Valley, the Mabee Farm Historic Site was originally settled by Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen, who established it as a fur trading post to meet Native American traders before they reached Schenectady. He received a deed for the property in 1671 from the English governor. In 1706, Van Antwerpen sold the farm to Jan Pieterse Mabee, and it was handed down through the Mabee family for 287 years!

George E. Franchere, the last family owner, gave the Mabee Farm to the Schenectady County Historical Society in 1993, along with furnishings, heirlooms, and family papers, many of which are on display.

The Schenectady County Historical Society is continuing to develop the farm site as
Mabee Farm Inn image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 14, 2008
3. Mabee Farm Inn
This is the fireplace area in a section of the Mabee house that was originally used as an inn. Photos of the farm line the mantle. This part of the house was a separate building until it was joined to the main or "stone" house with the addition of the low-roof porch.
a museum and educational center for the community and holds Colonial events, workshops, tours and educational programs which reflect the historical significance of this early Mohawk River farmstead.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mabee Farm Historic Site. (Submitted on February 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. The Onrust. (Submitted on May 18, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. The Onrust was launched May 20, 2009. (Submitted on June 8, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Mabie Farm Mabee Farm Historic Site Schenectady County Historical Society Dutch Barn Onrust Bateau
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Old Handcolored Postcard of the Mabie House image. Click for full size.
J. Connor Collection
4. Old Handcolored Postcard of the Mabie House
Retired Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 5, 2008
5. Retired Marker
This was the previous Historic Marker which was apparently broken and set aside. By looking at both sides of the marker we can get the full text:

JAN MABIE HOUSE 1670
Most Westerly Settlement
On Groote Vlackte (Great
Flats.) Built By Daniel
Janse Van Antwerp
DAR Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 5, 2008
6. DAR Marker
This DAR Marker is mounted on the side of the Mabee House:
The
Jan Mabie House
Built about 1680, the
oldest house still standing
in the Mohawk Valley and
probably in New York State
Tablet placed by
Schenectada Chapter
Daughters of the American
Revolution
1926
This marker is seen in photo #2, on the left between the two windows on the side of the house.
The Nilsen Dutch Barn at the Mabee Farm image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 13, 2007
7. The Nilsen Dutch Barn at the Mabee Farm
The Mabee Farm has a Dutch Barn beside the Jan Mabee House. The Nilsen Barn, a New World Dutch Barn built about 1760 near Johnstown, NY. was moved to the Mabee Farm after 1998 to replace the barns which had burned in the 1900s. It is now used to house displays and exhibits. On the day of this photo there were free pumpkins and paint for decorating pumpkins.
<i>The Onrust</i> under construction image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 13, 2007
8. The Onrust under construction
A historically accurate replica of New York's First ship of 1614, The Onrust, is shown here under construction on the Mabee Farm. The men in the photo above were cutting some heavy timbers to be fitted to the boat which is in the background. The boat was launched on May 20, 2009. See link above for more information.
Jan Mabie House image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 24, 2011
9. Jan Mabie House
The stone farmhouse is on the right and the brick slaves quarters is to the left.
Jan Mabie House 1680-1926 image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 24, 2011
10. Jan Mabie House 1680-1926
 
 
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