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Near Rotterdam Junction in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jan Mabee House

 
 
The newer Jan Mabee House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 26, 2020
1. The newer Jan Mabee House Marker
Inscription.  
Built Circa 1705
Occupied for 3 Centuries
The Farmstead Features
2 Distinct Styles
Of Dutch Architecture

 
Erected by Schenectady County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1705.
 
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. Marker is beside the road along the property of the Mabee Farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1080 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction NY 12150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jan Mabee House (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Fairbanks (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pre-Columbian Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Plotter Kill Aqueduct (approx. 1.6 miles away); Canal Aqueduct (approx. 1.7 miles away); Josias Swart Homestead
Jan Mabee House Marker, Beside Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 27, 2020
2. Jan Mabee House Marker, Beside Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction
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(approx. 1.7 miles away); Vedder Tavern (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of a Tavern (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rotterdam Junction.
 
More about this marker. Apparently the Jan Mabie House, 1670 marker was replaced with the current "Jan Mabee House" marker in order to update the spelling of the name, and the construction date of the house.
 
Regarding Jan Mabee House. The NYS marker states the Mabee home was built in 1670, however in November of 2007 a team of Dendrochronologists from 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
Jan Mabee House Marker with the Mabee House in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 26, 2020
3. Jan Mabee House Marker with the Mabee House in the Background
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 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. Building the Onrust. (Submitted on June 8, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Maybe Farm Mabie Farm Mabee Farm Historic Site Schenectady County Historical Society Dutch Barn Oldest House in the Mohawk Valley Oldest farm in the Mohawk Valley Onrust Bateau
 
The former Jan Mabie House, 1670 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 28, 2007
4. The former Jan Mabie House, 1670 Marker
This marker has been retired and replaced.
The Mabee Farm House image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 27, 2007
5. The Mabee Farm House
Mabee Farm Inn image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 14, 2008
6. 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.
Old Handcolored Postcard of the Mabie House image. Click for full size.
J. Connor Collection
7. Old Handcolored Postcard of the Mabie House
Retired Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 5, 2008
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. Jan Mabie House 1680-1926
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 3,761 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on June 23, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2020, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4, 5. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   6. submitted on June 15, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   7. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 18, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   12, 13. submitted on July 24, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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