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Jacob Baluvelt House

Jacob Blauvelt's ancestors arrived from Holland in the early 1600s. In 1741 Jacob's great grandfather bought a section of land in New City, which passed down from father to sons for generations. In 1832 Jacob, who built the house, retained about 100 acres of farmland. Included on the property was a barn, a carriage house, sheds for tools and animals, a woodlot, an orchard, an herb garden and a vegetable garden. Jacob and his wife Margaret had been married about 16 years and had five children when they built this traditional Dutch style home.

A middle class farming family, the Blauvelt's home is bigger and somewhat fancier than homes built in the Colonial period (1620s-1770s). The Blauvelts were able to produce more milk, butter, eggs, rye, and corn than they needed so they sold the extra for profit. This additional money allowed them to have some of the well-made furniture and other small luxuries you will see in the house.

Descendants of the Blauvelts lived in this house from 1832 until 1970 when the family sold it to the Historical Society of Rockland County. Some of the furniture is original to the house, and the rest is from the lower Hudson Valley area.

The Blauvelt house is of special interest because it is one of the few remaining examples of Dutch-Flemish architecture, once prevalent throughout Rockland County. The house was constructed in three sections with an out-kitchen, common room and main house. The main house dates from the 1830s and is constructed with a mixture of hand hewn and machine sawn lumber and bricks from nearby brickyards. Important to remember is that the Blauvelts were a middle class family, the style of the house, its furnishings and decorative elements reflect what a typical family of this area would call home.

Visiting the Blauvelt House

The Blauvelt House is open for guided tours on Sundays from 1-5 PM and by appointment.

Specifics on visiting the Jacob Baluvelt House were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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