The Vander Ende - Onderdonk House dates back to as early as 1660. Over the past 350 years, occupants of the house have made significant changes, but many of the building's features are close to the original. The house was saved from redevelopment in the 1970s by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, which was founded specifically to preserve the house. The site welcomes visitors to explore the grounds and the home which is filled with artifacts original to the home and to the Dutch Colonial Period.
What You Will See
In addition to the beautiful grounds and the restored home, the society organizes small exhibitions held in the historic house. Recent exhibits, usually organized by volunteers from the Historical Society, have focused on archeological finds near the home, the impact of World War I on the Ridgewood community, and a look at the history of the neighborhood. Exhibitions do not rotate often, but the permanent collection is intriguing and informative.
Why You Should Go
The Vander Ende - Onderdonk House is one of many options available to New Yorkers to explore historic homes that predate the Civil War. Onderdonk may not be the oldest, the most historically significant, or the most convenient to get to, but the passion of the Ridgewood Historical Society creates a welcoming, informative and beautiful experience for visitors who make the journey. Opening hours are limited, so plan ahead.