Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Schuyler-Colfax House Museum

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Capital Preservation Grant Level II
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award: $20,318 (2000); $50,000 (2001); $184,170 (2002)
Grant Recipient: Township of Wayne
County: Passaic
Municipality: Township of Wayne

The lives of eight generations of Wayne residents are reflected in the architecture and history of the Schuyler-Colfax House, a section of which may date to 1695. The house museum was closed to the public after suffering roof damage in August 1999 but contains and an extensive collection of site-specific furnishings as well as original exterior fabric, interior woodwork, and floors. A fine example of New Jersey Dutch Colonial architecture constructed of fieldstone and Holland brick with timber-frame roofing system, the house helps interpret local community history and its development during three hundred years of continued occupancy of one family.

The 2002 Trust grant helped fund structural stabilization, roof repair and replacement, masonry repointing, exterior painting, electrical upgrades and an environmental analysis prior to installation of HVAC in the oldest wing of the house. Previous grants helped fund a roof restoration study, preparation of construction documents for the first phase of work, and preparation of a preservation plan.

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