Historic House To Be Toured
Building Called Mecca For Students
From: The Sunday Sun, April 14, 1960
The 1678 Demarest House, oldest of the seven houses to be visited during the historical tour of the Woman's Club Tuesday, has become a mecca for historical groups, writers, artists, and students, said Mrs. Charles R. Kahn Jr., tour chairman.
It was built by David des Marest, a Huguenot, on land purchased from the Indians. Many of the historic items there were owned by the Demarest and Blauvelt families for 11 generations.
Originally located in New Milford, the house was moved to its present site, adjacent to the Steuben House in Hackensack, between 1953 and 1957. The complex and costly moving and reconstruction was carried out under the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, which was started in 1940.
Four of the seven house to be visited on the tour are owned by Woman's Club members. The Brinkerhoff-Demarest Homestead at 493 Teaneck road is the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schuh and Mrs. Schuh's mother, Mrs. Lotta Demarest Treadwell.
Mrs. Schuh and her mother are the only direct descendents of original owners living in Eighteenth Century homes in Bergen County today.
Other members owning oldhomes are Mrs. William S. Davis, the Ackerman House, 126 River road; Mrs. Kenneck R. Hampton, The Banta Homestead, Lone Pine Lane; and Mrs. Arthur Anderson, the James Vandelinda House, 586 Teaneck road.
Tickets for the tour may be obtained from Mrs. Richard Masolo of 533 Ogden Avenue.