FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Van Ness House in Fairfield has made the list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey by Preservation New Jersey, Inc. on Thursday.
Constructed by one of the first Dutch families to settle in western Essex County, The Van Ness House was built around 1760. Simon Van Ness who brought his family to Fairfield in 1701 and was one of the founders of the Reformed Church of Fairfield in 1720. The 18th-century farmhouse now is owned by the Township of Fairfield. The house has been sitting vacant for many years and is no longer inhabitable because it has not been maintained for so long.
Fairfield has cited that funsing is not sufficient to properly stabilize or maintain the structure. Preservation New Jersey has encouraged Fairfield Township to repair the structure and find a suitable occupant "for this important piece of regional history before it is too late."
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights" irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost."
TAPinto West Essex last year published a historical profile of the Van Ness family that can be found here.