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Cultural and Historic Affairs

The Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs (DCHA) is responsible for the County of Passaic's historic sites, including the Dey Mansion, Lambert's Tower, Lamberts Caster, the John W. Rea House, the Westervelt-Vanderhoef House, Passaic County County Court House and all County-owned property that is nominated and placed on the New Jersey or National Register of Historic Places. Moreover, the Department coordinates cultural and historic programming and provides technical expertise on preservation projects.

IMG_1940.JPGDey Mansion, Wayne, NJ
The Dey Mansion, an excellent example of Georgian architecture and is most associated as General George Washington's headquarters during the year 1780. The Mansion reopened after an extensive rehabilitation and restoration project. Tours and programs are offered during the week and on weekends. Please visit www.facebook.com/DeyMansion for all information about upcoming events.
The Dey Mansion is closed until December 4th.  On December 4th we will re-open with regular hours for the holidays.

1304030363.jpgJohn W. Rea House, Hawthorne, NJ
The John W. Rea House is an excellent example of the highly developed period in Dutch vernacular stone house construction in northern New Jersey. Built circa 1810, the Rea House was utilized as a private residence for the Rea family until 1920.The building was purchased by the Passaic County Park Commission in 1930 and has served as offices for various organizations well into the present.

1304045851.jpg Westervelt-Vanderhoef House, Clifton, NJ

Lambert Castle.jpgLambert Castle, Paterson, NJ
The Castle," a well-known landmark in Northern New Jersey, is located on Garret Mountain overlooking the City of Paterson. Once a private residence, the building is fashioned after an English castle. Catholina Lambert, an English immigrant who made his fortune in the silk industry, built the Castle in 1892. In 1934, the Passaic County Historical Society (PCHS) was granted permission to establish a museum and library in the building. The PCHS has since maintained the museum and the County's records. Please visit www.lambertcastle.org for more information about the Castle and its programs.

lambert tower.jpgLambert Tower, Paterson, NJ
The tower was built in 1896 by Catholina Lambert. After Lambert died, Passaic County bought his mansion, the tower and 164 acres of land on Garret Mountain from the state and opened the county's first park. The tower remained open to visitors throughout the 1930s but was used by the military as a lookout for enemy aircraft during World War II. By 1971, the tower had fallen into disrepair and had to be closed. It lay dormant until 2008, when Passaic County partnered with the state Green Acres program to split the restoration costs. The tower was restored and reopened in July 2014. Visitors now can climb to the observation deck and enjoy the spectacular view that stretches to the New York City skyline. Events and programs at the tower will be announced Spring 2017.

PasCh-4-11-B-Post-Office-and-Court-House-REP-2.jpgsaic County Courthouse, Paterson, NJ

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Kelly Ruffel

Dey Mansion
199 Totowa Rd.
Wayne, NJ 07470
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