- Currently closed due to COVID-19
- Open every Sunday during July and August, 12:00PM – 4:00PM or by appointment
- Seasonal programs offered, such as a fall harvest festival, holiday event, spring event, and art show
- Events feature demonstrations, crafts, music, auctions and raffles, food, blacksmithing, story time, and traditional children’s games and activities, pony rides and a petting zoo
- School tours and private tours by appointment only
- On-site parking
- Group tours available
363 E Saddle River Rd, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Built by the Hopper family in 1739, the Hopper-Goetschius house is the oldest remaining home in Upper Saddle River, transformed over the centuries from a relatively sparse Lenape Indian settlement in the 1600s to a primarily Dutch pioneer farming area with sandstone homes through the 1800s. The Dutch sandstone home features artifacts from the Goetschius family who owned the house for 150 years, including clothing, furniture, personal items, kitchen implements, photographs, and crafts. Sections of the Hopper-Goetschius house such as the kitchen, garret, cellar, and office of the town clerk, exemplify different historical eras.
The house has been maintained and preserved by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society since 1985. The site features an out-kitchen building with its original beehive oven, an outhouse, and a Dutch colonial Van Riper Tice Barn that was moved to the site and houses farm implements from various eras. A tenant house has also been relocated to the site and is furnished as a one-room schoolhouse similar to the original schoolhouse in town.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Tour the historic home and see various artifacts owned by the Goetschius family
- Explore the property and its numerous well-preserved outbuildings and gardens
- Attend a seasonal event or program
- Take a 360-degree online house tour at www.usrhistoricalsociety.org/tour
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