SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission has awarded a $298,780 grant to Hillsborough Township to pay for the roof replacement at the historic Van der Veer Harris House off Route 206.

Mayor Frank DelCore was joined by Committeeman Shawn Lipani and Committeewoman Olivia Holmes at last week’s Somerset County Freeholder’s meeting where the grant was presented. 

The Van der Veer Harris House, located on a 10.4-acre tract adjacent to the state highway,  is associated with the late 18th century Van der Veer family and several generations of medical practitioners. Originally, the home of Dr. Lawrence Van der Veer, a prominent local doctor, it later came under the ownership of Dr. Robert Harris. He further incorporated the Colonial Revival style into the home’s renovations. Those renovations were designed by noted architect Chester Patterson.

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In May of 2008, the Van der Veer-Harris House was officially deemed a historic site, being entered onto the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. As such, a property with these esteemed credentials cannot be altered without certain approvals. In addition, such distinction affords the property eligibility for funding for repair and restoration projects.

Two years ago the township received a $293,938 grant from the Somerset County Freeholders to pay for renovations at the historic structure, including the rebuilding of existing concrete areaways; carpentry repairs and painting at the east elevation and east wing of the house; east wing roof replacement; carpentry repairs and painting at the north elevation; painting of the south elevation; painting of east elevation beyond carpentry repairs; and replacement of damaged gutter on the west wing.