May 11th, 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.
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Midland Park NJ, according the Bergen County Historical Society , stone houses of Bergen County, an endangered species with no protection? .
In a Facebook post yesterday the Bergen County Historical Society said, ” It was brought to our attention that the Van Zile House has indeed been leveled, another part of Bergen County’s unique past, gone forever. Each and every stone house in Bergen County is unique. They are unique not only to NJ but also in their construction which reflects different styles and time periods. They define our Bergen County towns and without them, we could be Anywhere, USA. They are a part of our cultural landscape and our shared heritage. What can be done? Tax incentives to owners who maintain their historic houses would be a fantastic start and has been down in other states before and is but one possible solution. Adaptive reuse is another alternative for some. Further, heightened awareness of these buildings is also important because again, when they are gone, they are gone, and an important part of Bergen County culture and identity will be gone too. “