The Van Salsbergen Home in Greenport

Van Salsbergen House, Greenport, NY
I took this photo last week at the Greenport Conservation Area, showing the back of a house off Joslen Boulevard which is among the oldest in Columbia County. It is often referred to as the van Hoesen House, but most people associate that name with the 1729 brick house on Route 66 that is now the sad mascot of the Dutch Village mobile home park.

This house is earlier, from 1700 or before, and built with two-feet thick stone walls and timbers. Owners in the mid or late 1700s extended the length of the house, rebuilding the North wall in brick and adding the dormer windows.

Jan Frans van Hoesen died in 1704, leaving his daughter Catherine and her husband Francis Hardick thousands of acres along the river from the center of Hudson north towards Stockport. Jan Hendricksen van Salsbergen purchased some of this land and may be the original builder of this house. In more recent times it was known as the Julia Black house. Julia bought the house in 1943, but by the late ’60s it was vacant and deteriorating until Ruth de Haan bought and restored it in the late ’80s.