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

Old Stone House

Old Stone House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 19, 2009
1. Old Stone House Marker
Dutch Colonial farmhouse built in the early 1700s. Both carved date of 1747 found on an old barn beam and the rubble stone construction of the house place it in this early period. Minutes of the East New Jersey Board of Proprietors and existing public records lead to the belief house was built by a Westervelt, early owners of the land, (a part of the much disputed Ramapough tract). According to recently discovered records, the house served as a tavern during the 18th century. Thus came the persistent legend that Aaron Burr stopped here for liquid refreshment en route to the Hermitage. The house is on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Sponsored by the Ramsey Historical Association 1981
Erected 1981 by Ramsey Historical Association.
Location. 41° 4.371′ N, 74° 8.569′ W. Marker is in Ramsey, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Island Road and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Island Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ramsey NJ 07446, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Master Sergeant Charles E. Hosking, Jr. Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Lutheran Cemetery
The Old Stone House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 19, 2009
2. The Old Stone House and Marker
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Tree of Life (approx. 1½ miles away); Mahwah’s First Station (approx. 1½ miles away); Wanamaker Utility Shed (approx. 1½ miles away); Laroe-Van Horn House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hopper Gristmill Site (approx. 2.1 miles away); American Brake Shoe Foundry (approx. 2.2 miles away).
Regarding Old Stone House. The Ramsey Historical Association furnishes, maintains and operates the Old Stone House as a museum and educational facility.
The Old Stone House is Ramsey's oldest building. It was built as a Dutch colonial farmhouse in the 1700s. Rubble stone, clay mortar, chopped straw, and hog's hair were used in its construction. It became a stagecoach stop, with a barn across the street for the changing of teams of horses.
In the early 1950s, the house and property were purchased by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, with the idea to demolish the house to facilitate construction of a Route 17 overpass. The state was persuaded to spare the building, thanks to many letters and petitions by the Ramsey Women's Club and others.
In 1977, the Old Stone House was placed on both the National
Old Stone House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 29, 2009
3. Old Stone House Marker
and State Registers of Historic Places.
In 2000, the "Stone by Stone" docudrama of the Old Stone House's history was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a "Save America's Treasures" project.
Open Houses at the Old Stone House Museum are in April, May, June, October, and December, one Sunday per month.
Also see . . .  Ramsey Historical Association. (Submitted on November 19, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 2,257 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   3. submitted on December 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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