Ca. 1740 Colonial in Brookside, NJ awaits Wrecking Ball

colonialnjAnother colonial-era property seems to be “doomed” despite willing buyers who would restore the property, according to an article in the Observer-Tribune.  The “Madelyn Post House,” named for a woman who lived in the house for 101 years, was built in 1740 and is located on Main Street in Brookside, New Jersey — about 40 miles west of New York City.  (For what it’s worth, Mendham Township is apparently the hometown of both singer Whitney Houston and Abner Doubleday, the legendary “inventor” of baseball).  The house appears to be a “3/4 Colonial” (with 2 window bays on one side of the door, but only one window to the right) and apparently has original features, including the hearth.  However, due to administrative snags & neighbor complaints, at least one plan to save the house was stalled.  The new purchaser plans to raze the house.  According to the article, this house will join at least 2 other 18th century homes that have been recently lost in this community.  [Full article here]

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  1. by Robert D. Major, on 06.27.11 @ 10:45 PM


    Mrs. Post was my Mother’s best friend. My sister Barbara and I played with Ned Post and other neighborhood kids in the Post’s back yard. Sorry to see this happen.

    Bob Major–Tallmadge, OH

  2. by Michael, on 06.28.11 @ 10:13 PM


    Wow! Cool to hear from someone with that connection. Thanks for commenting, Bob, and I agree with you that it is very sad to see properties like this lost forever.

  3. by Robert D. Major, on 08.25.11 @ 12:04 PM


    Dear Michael, Sorry I did not see this sooner, but I appreciate the return email. Hopefully, things like this will not continue and that some historical site preservation will take place

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