One of the oldest houses in Montclair!

Built between 1810 and 1815 – varying records for date – this historic farm house has been carefully restored and enlarged to accommodate today’s living styles. Wide clapboards and original brownstone steps, 9 over 9 windows, original mantels and many original details prevail in this Montclair home. Originally¬† on 67 acres, and built by John Sigler (an early Dutch immigrant – yes they came here then too) for his son John, who married Matilda. Matilda was the daughter of John Speer, of the Speer family that Speertown was named after.

The area off Grove Street and parts of Grove Street were farms, orchards and cider mills.

The northern part of Montclair was developed later than the Cranetown area
We have an open house on Sunday, Sept 23, from 2 – 4 pm –

An interesting aspect of this property is the armillary sphere, ( sphere that is in the garden. ) Armillary sphere, is a model of objects in the sky – consisting of framework of rings, centered on Earth, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude – – I had never heard of an armillary sphere – however, there was a booth set up at the Anderson Park Craft show last week, where Richard Flower, of RF Steelwerks, had armillary sheperes for sale – that he makes! (richard.flowers@sbcglobal.net)

Then I noticed one in front of the Union Congregational Church on Cooper Avenue in Montclair – Who knew there are so many around?


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