Sunday, December 03, 2006

This old house was built by my ggggggggg-greatgrandfather, John Ogden and his son in about 1664. It is in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he was a prominent citizen and founding father of Elizabeth.
While on a recent visit to Elizabeth we were privileged to get a personal tour of the home, which is now owned by the New Jersey Historical Society. This home is now officially closed to the public. It is in very good condition. Many historical events took place at this home. A wedding here had in attendance some very famous people...George Washington, Marquis d Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton. The house was then raided by the British and ransacked. But the British were too late...all of the Patriots had left! We saw a print of this wedding in the house when we were there...George Washington is a recognizable personage.
The main part of the house is brick with some added on portions of wood. There were three Ogden men who served as Govenor's of New Jersey, one of which was Aaron Ogden who lived here for a time. Posted by Picasa

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