Montville Township Historical Society

Henry Doremus House

The Red Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2024
12pm to 5pm

Montville Township Historical Society

Henry Doremus House

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https://www.montvillenj.org/

Parking is available across the street

The Henry Doremus Dutch Stone Farmhouse, was built circa 1760 with an addition built circa 1770/80. The site has significant original architectural fabric and the site has not been altered or modernized with dormers or additions. The site was never plumbed, wired, electrified nor heated!

General George Washington stayed at the house 2.5 days. General Washington was accompanied by 40 aides (of special interest, Alexander Hamilton, Tench Tilghman, Robert Hanson Harrison) and about 2,000 troops while retreating after the Battle of Springfield June 25 through 27, 1780. General George Washington occupied the lower room on the
west end of the building (left side, viewed from the front). The visit is documented by a payment entered in General Washington’s expense account June 1780 for a $40 payment to Mrs. Doremus of Pequannoc. (Montville Township was part of Pequannock Township until 1867.) Washington issued 3 letters from the site (Alexander Hamilton wrote one) and received 9 letters there.

In 1781, General Rochambeau and his troops rested in the sites orchards on their way south to what was to become the last battle of the American Revolution. The Doremus Tavern, which was well thought of, sat across the street. These buildings were eye witnesses to all the military traffic.

This year's Pathways tour features topics of discussion established annually by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC).