WAYNE, NJ – On Wednesday, September 19, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded $14,800 to the Hester Schuyler Colfax Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for a conditions assessment of the historic Schuyler-Colfax house at 2343 Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne, NJ. The assessment, conducted by Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects, LLC, will be announced at 1:00 PM on March 10th at the Dey Mansion in Wayne. This house, which is not open to the public due to continual rehabilitation, could become a public museum.
The Schuyler Colfax house was built circa 1696 by settler Arent Schuyler and continually remained in the original family's ownership for eight generations. Each generation of the family produced military, medical, legal and governmental representatives, leaving behind substantial records and artifacts of North Jersey. As a museum house, it could tell the story of the earliest local residents' material culture, telling how they survived, thrived and contributed to the community and country.
“I am grateful to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Wayne Historical Commission for their outstanding work in the restoration of the Schuyler-Colfax House and for instilling pride in Wayne Township’s rich history,” said Mayor Chris Vergano.
Listed on both the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places, this historic treasure is one of the oldest houses in the State of New Jersey. It is significant for its pre- and post-revolutionary war architecture, as it exemplifies New Jersey Dutch Colonial architecture. The house is further significant for having one of only three remaining original jambless fireplaces, only slightly modified, in all of the former New Netherland.
“The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to build on its strong record of historic preservation,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “These historic homes and the families that built them have deep ties with the local community and culture that are still relevant today. I look forward to when Schuyler-Colfax home is once again open to the public.”
The DAR chapter, with support from the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mayor and Council of Wayne, will work together to fully restore the Schuyler-Colfax so it can be utilized for public interests.