Meadows Foundation Awarded Historic Preservation Grant For Van Wickle House


Sue Ann Derkach, a member of the Meadows Foundation Board of Directors, accepts a symbolic historic preservation grant check from Somerset County Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire.
Photo: Somerset County Board of Freeholders.

The Meadows Foundation recently received a $63,150 2015 Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant for the Symen Van Wickle House off Easton Avenue.

The money will be used to fund an historic structures report, according to a release from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The grant was one of eight totaling $885,129 awarded by the county, according to the release.

“These restoration and documentation projects will help keep the rich history of Somerset County alive,” Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire said in the release.

cording to the release, the Van Wickle House is a one-and-a-half-story Dutch-style frame house with a stone foundation, believed to have been built around 1722. Considerable original historic fabric still exists on the exterior and the interior of the house, including the split shingles on the exterior and a number of fireplace mantels and other woodwork in the interior. It was recorded by the Historic American Building Survey in 1938. The house has been actively use by the Meadows Foundation since 1977. It is now closed to the public after being damaged by several heavy storms.

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