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Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite

 
 
Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2008
1. Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite
Inscription.  
The main wing of this house was built in 1808 by Benjamin P. Westervelt who served in the local militia during the Revolution. The site of this house has been continuously owned by the Westervelt family since early colonial times. General Erskine’s maps show a Westervelt home on this site in 1778. A fine example of the Dutch Colonial style, it served as a background in some early moving pictures.
Sponsored by the Cresskill Rotary Club.
 
Erected by Bergen County Historical Society. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, Bergen County Historical Society, and the Rotary International series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
 
Location. 40° 56.546′ N, 73° 57.42′ W. Marker is in Cresskill, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road (County Route 501) and Westervelt Place, on the left when traveling north on County Road. Touch for map
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. Marker is in this post office area: Cresskill NJ 07626, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huyler’s Landing Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cap’t John Huyler’s Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Christie-Parsels House (approx. one mile away); Camp Merritt (approx. one mile away); Camp Merritt Memorial (approx. one mile away); Demarest Railroad Station (approx. one mile away); Douwe Talema (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sautes Tave’s Begraven Ground (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cresskill.
 
Also see . . .  Bergen County Historical Society. Society website homepage (Submitted on April 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2008
2. Benjamin P. Westervelt Homesite Marker
Westervelt Homesite and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2008
3. Westervelt Homesite and Marker
Westervelt Homestead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 18, 2008
4. Westervelt Homestead
Benjamin P. Westervelt's Dutch Colonial House is today a private residence.
The house in 1938 image. Click for full size.
R. Merritt Lacey, for the Historic American Buildings Survey, October 25, 1938
5. The house in 1938
The Historic American Buildings Survey also has 19 architectural drawings of the house and its details.
Main Hall, Benjamin P. Westervelt House image. Click for full size.
R. Merritt Lacey, for the Historic American Buildings Survey, October 25, 1938
6. Main Hall, Benjamin P. Westervelt House
Living Room One, Benjamin P. Westervelt House image. Click for full size.
R. Merritt Lacey, for the Historic American Buildings Survey, October 25, 1938
7. Living Room One, Benjamin P. Westervelt House
Living Room Two, Benjamin P. Westervelt House image. Click for full size.
R. Merritt Lacey, for the Historic American Buildings Survey, October 25, 1938
8. Living Room Two, Benjamin P. Westervelt House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,268 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 8, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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