Raritan Township February 2019

I drive along Route 31 in Hunterdon County often, daily, in fact, for many years now.  Never have I noticed a spring house or any historic outbuilding along the highway.  This weekend, however, my husband pointed one out to me!  And several other buildings as well.  I pulled up to the spot as close as I could, jumped out to take a good peak, and yes indeed!  Prospects for the spring house or other historic outbuilding looked promising.

What a surprise, to say the least!  Since we have gotten a reprieve from the freezing cold, I grabbed my camera during lunch and tracked through the brush and trees to get a few good shots of my stone outbuilding.  Here are several views, showing how it is built into the side of a hill near a stream.  This looks to be a very good location for a spring house but this is quite large – and perhaps was the original home.   From its placement into the hill, it could have been a root cellar, well protected from the elements.  It is very hard to see from the road.

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This structure is in good condition – fairly large.  Roofing is intact.  As you can see, there is no chimney or flue of any kind.  On one of the short sides, there is a large vent.  There are markings that show the location of another shorter structure outlined on the side enclosing the vent.  This structure may require some additional research.  Somehow I suspect that this may have been a residence made with beautiful stones and good stone work.

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The opposite short side is shown below.    The short sides are about 12″ long.

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This outbuilding has two doors on the front of the structure.  I just learned the name of the prior property owners and will do some research at the historical societies and the hall of records.  Stay tuned!

 

 

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This stone building isn’t the only historical outbuilding on this property, although this one is quite hidden from view.  There is a barn and a corn crib.  Each are in good condition and show foundations of stone.

 

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The barn with the white doors does have a cupola.  And a water pump is shown below.

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We seem to be off to a good start in 2019.  Perhaps weather permitting,  I will be able to photograph a few more priceless historical outbuildings this week.