The Declaration of Independence was brought here but so was a Crèche.   Leave a comment

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The Declaration of Independence was brought here but so was a Crèche.

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The later period walnut and oak wooden interior paneling and decorative carvings have been described by the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office as the best existing examples of the Art Nouveau Style (1880-1914) in the State of New Jersey.

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Hendrick Fisher House is the oldest structure in Somerset County with the original construction dating back to 1688.  Dennis Kowal Architects provided preservation documents for this fine house that is decorated for Christmas each year.  As the New Jersey representative to the Continental Congress, Fisher brought back a signed copy of the Declaration of Independence to this very house (near Bound Brook) the day after the famous signing.

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Hendrick Fisher was one of four men so hated by the British, that he was excluded from an offer of pardon to patriots who surrendered.  The British ransacked this farmstead during the Revolutionary War.   Hendrick went on to be the first President of Rutgers College (Queens College).

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The Fisher House is owned by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and is open by appointment for Christmas viewing.
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Posted December 21, 2011 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Historic Preservation

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