Park Ridge in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Between Two Brooks – The Wortendyke Barn
None of the Wortendykes were famous, but rather they were like thousands of other farmers in New Jersey, they came and went, raised families, earned a living by feeding their neighbors and others, and in a small way contributed to the strength and prosperity of our nation.
This is a Dutch style barn. It is like barns found in the Netherlands. It is a type that found favor with Dutch farmers beginning in the Middle Ages and came to the New World with Dutch settlers in the 17th century.
The way the barn looks and the way it was built make it very different from barns built by colonists from other European countries like England and Germany. Architectural historians call this style the “New World Dutch Barn”. They were only built in areas where Dutch-American farmers settled. This one is a rare survivor from colonial America.
Preserving This Barn
Thus in 1973 when the barn was threatened with demolition to make way for another building many people said, “No!”
The County of Bergen stepped forward and purchased the barn. Craftsmen restored it in 1976. As a result of the stewardship of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with the assistance from the Bergen County Historic Sites Advisory Board and the Pascack Historical Society, this landmark is open for all people to enjoy and admire.
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As you explore this barn, imagine the activities that might have taken place here through the generations from the people who built and first used the barn in 1770 to those who continued to use it into the 19th and 20th centuries, when it eventually stopped functioning as a barn and became a convenient storage space for cars and boats.
Look around, learn, and reflect on the history that surrounds you here.
Location. 41° 1.716′ N, 74° 2.726′ W. Marker is in Park Ridge, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Pascack Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park Ridge NJ 07656, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Wortendykes (here, next to this marker); The Dutch of Bergen County (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Park Ridge.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a picture of the Wortendyke farm with the barn on the right side. The center of the marker features a newspaper article entitled “County closing pact on Wortendyke barn.”
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.