Decker-Kincaid Homestead - Boonton, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
N 40° 57.270 W 074° 24.578
18T E 549685 N 4533873
Quick Description: The Decker-Kincaid homestead was a farmhouse built in 1785. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 4:36:18 AM
Waymark Code: WM4MG1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
From the Morris County NJ Website:

The Decker Kincaid house, a farmstead and residence at 591 Powerville Road, was built in 1785 with an 1837 addition.

The house exemplifies the farmstead architecture typical of the Boonton Township area. The prosperity of the township's farmers during this period is evident in their houses, some of which retain a great deal of original architectural detail.

The Decker Kincaid site, including the farm stand and outbuildings, was originally owned by the Decker family, who began farming the surrounding land in the late 18th century.

The house was occupied by former mayor Oscar Kincaid, a Decker descendant, until his death in 2000. It was Kincaid's wish that the house, which has few modern conveniences, be preserved as a museum and community center.

The surrounding farmland was preserved with funding from Morris County's Open Space Trust Fund in 2002.

The house, now owned by the Boonton Township Historical Society, is undergoing renovation and restoration. It features an enigmatic face painting whose origins and meaning remain a mystery to locals as well as professional art historians and conservators.

The site was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2005.
Street address:
591 Powerville Rd
Boonton Township, NJ USA

County / Borough / Parish: Morris County, Boonton Township

Year listed: 2005

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Commerce, Agriculture, Art

Periods of significance: 1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic

Current function: vacant

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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