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c. 1740 Colonial

Berkshire Valley
Jefferson, New Jersey

The Babbit-Matthews House

The Babbit-Matthews House
The Babbit-Matthews House
The Babbit-Matthews House began life as a 16x16 log cabin in approximately 1740 in the tranquil Berkshire Valley, and was gradually enlarged over the next 120 years into its present form.
Built between approx 1740 and 1865, this 3BR home retains many original features, such as wide-plank floors, exposed beams, a Dutch door and fieldstone fireplace.
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16x16 Dining Room
16x16 Dining Room
The original cabin of squared-off logs is now the dining room, and features a wide-plank floor, exposed hand-hewn beams and huge fieldstone fireplace. At one time, a ladder led to a sleeping loft upstairs. People once sat in front of the fire here debating whether George Washington was really going to win the war...
Spacious Kitchen with sunny bay window
Spacious Kitchen with sunny bay window
The 15x15 kitchen began life as a lean-to (as was common in Colonial times) and was enclosed in approximately 1820. It features wide-plank floor, hand-hewn beams and a vaulted ceiling, with sunny windows overlooking the lovely grounds.
Living Room with woodstove
Living Room with woodstove
The living room was added in approximately 1865, and at one time was divided into two rooms, as evidenced by notches still visible in one of the beams. The exposed beams are hand-hewn and were supposedly cut from trees on the property. The windows all have interior shutters and there is a cast-iron stove for cozy winter nights.
The expansive backyard with great privacy
The expansive backyard with great privacy
Although the house sits close to the road in front, the backyard is completely private, with no immediate neighbors. It is approximately 1.17 acres of level property. There is a spacious screened-in porch on the back for enjoying al fresco dining.
Master Bedroom with peaked ceiling
Master Bedroom with peaked ceiling
Unusual in a home of this vintage, the master bedroom is 18x22, with a peaked ceiling. One wall is comprised of the exposed stone of the fieldstone chimney. The room features wide planks and exposed original woodwork.
Morris County Historic Marker
Morris County Historic Marker
The Babbit-Matthews House is not listed on the State or National Register, although it may be eligible.
Bedrooms 3
Full Baths 1
Stories 2
Acres 1.2

Features.

  • Basement
  • Dining room
  • Entry Hall
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Rear Deck
  • Storm Windows
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Ceiling Fans
  • 2 Fireplaces: Wood
  • Shingle Roof: Wood shingle
  • Dishwasher
  • Oil Heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Septic Tank
  • Cast Iron Radiators
  • Hand-hewn Beams
  • Plaster Walls
  • Ripple Glass
  • Dutch door
  • Original hardware
  • Wide-plank floors

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More About This House

Morris County, New Jersey played a key role in the Revolutionary War, as George Washington's army was encamped here for the winters of 1777 and 1779-80, and its mines supplied much of the iron used for ammunition and other military uses. The Babbit-Matthews house was here for all of that, having been built by a local farmer, Elkanah Babbit, in approximately 1740 (according to family lore) or 1775 (according to the historical society). The story related to the current owner was that after Babbit's wife died from snakebite, he decided to return home to England. On his way back to a local port to board ship, he stopped on a turnpike to pay a toll, and there met a pretty toll-taker... whom he fell in love with, married, and brought back to live in his little log cabin on the banks of the river! The home at that time was a 16x16 log cabin with a sleeping loft above; that room is now the dining room of the home.
Over the centuries, the home was expanded by adding first a kitchen lean-to, in approximately 1820, and then a foyer, living room and second story. The last major addition to the home was done in approximately 1865, when the living room was expanded to enclose a porch.
Unusual for a home of this age, it still retains many original features, including a Dutch door, hand-hewn beams (supposedly harvested from the property) and wide-plank floors. Many of the doors retain their original hardware. Both the kitchen and master bedroom are also unusually large for a vintage home, and although the kitchen needs updating, it is a great, sunny space that will easily accept modernizing.
The property is an expansive 1.17 acres, and although the home is close to the road in front, the backyard is huge and private, with no immediate neighbors. There is a Wildlife Management Area across the street, for birding and nature walks, and the property is bordered on one side by the Rockaway River, a stocked trout stream!

Archived in March, 2020

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