Van Wagenen House

The Van Wagenen House, also known as Apple Tree House is located near Bergen Square in Jersey City, New Jersey. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 16, 2006.


The main section of the house dates back to the 1740s with an addition added in the 1820s. The house may have been the site of a meeting between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette in 1779. The name Apple Tree House is given to the home because of a former apple orchard and cider press that were located on the property. The house was purchased by the Quinn family and used as a funeral parlor for a number of years.

In 1996, the house was on Preservation New Jersey's 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites list. The City of Jersey City purchased the building in 1999 and has been working to improve the condition of the building. The New Jersey Historic Trust gave Jersey City a grant in 2006 for for interior restoration and accessibility improvements. Jersey City plans to use the house as a museum.

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