Warren County Preservation Day 2018
Visit the Roseberry Homestead in Phillipsburg on September 15, 2018 for Warren County Preservation Day, celebrating countywide conservation efforts.
Warren County is home for some of the most spectacular views, cleanest waterways and richest farmland in New Jersey. The county also proudly displays a remarkable history that stems from wilderness times of the 18th century and rural 19th century American heritage. The historic farmstead will be the backdrop for groups throughout the county to showcase their work protecting open space, farmland and historic sites. There will be activities for the entire family, food, music and tours of the farmstead.
The Blairstown Museum is a participating vendor of this event and we thank the Warren County Land Preservation Department for including us. By supporting Warren County Preservation Day, we help make the public realize the importance of preservation.
For more information on the Warren County Land Preservation Department visit their website.
The Roseberry Homestead, also known as the Walter Gess House is a classic Georgian house, erected of rough-cut quarry stone between 1765 and 1783 in Phillipsburg, Warren County, New Jersey. It is a 2 1⁄2-story, five-bay plan house, two rooms deep, with a center through hall. There is an attached 1 1⁄2-story stone kitchen, probably built before the main house.
There are three chimneys — two rising from the gable ends of the main block, and the third from the gable end of the kitchen. There is a large cooking fireplace in the kitchen, with a removed brick oven. A winder stair on the fireplace wall leads to the loft above. The front of the house is on the downhill side, allowing for a walk-in cellar. A porch extended across the entire front, permitting access to the higher level first floor, but that has long since disappeared.
John Roseberry, Sr. was one of the original settlers in Phillipsburg. It is very likely the oldest existing structure in town. Although it is on the State and National Register of Historic Places, the Roseberry Homestead had fallen into considerable disrepair, and was boarded up for at least 15 years prior to recent preservation efforts. The project is funded by grants from Warren County Municipal, Charitable Conservancy Trust Fund & Garden State Historic Preservation. Additional support has come from The Scott Curzi Momorial Fund & the generosity of local businesses and individuals.