The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House Built in 1709, the Vander Ende-Onderdonk house is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. The house museum is maintained and operated by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society.
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The mission of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society is to preserve the past and enrich our future through events and programming that engages our community through history.

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Earth Day and Arbor Day – April is truly the environmental month!  Of course, Arbor Day is the grandmother of conservati...
05/05/2021

Earth Day and Arbor Day – April is truly the environmental month! Of course, Arbor Day is the grandmother of conservation celebrations. First proposed in 1872, and adopted in 45 states by 1920 – today the Arbor Day Foundation continues to support tree planting across America! But let’s get back to local history and the greening of Ridgewood. Do you remember our post a few weeks ago on Linden Street? Do you remember when there were very few street trees in Ridgewood? Paul Kerzner, local community activist, has been supporting tree planting in Ridgewood since the 1970’s. In 1970, then Mayor John Lindsay started a program to plant street trees. It required citizen volunteers to convince at least ten homeowners within an approximate one block radius to each give a $20.00 donation and the City would match it $180.00 to plant a tree in front of their property. Paul organized 127 volunteers/home owners to donate the $20.00 and to canvass the nearby blocks to do the same. Over a period of four years, $70,020.00 was raised for the program to plant 3,501 trees.
After the program ended, because of the City’s fiscal crisis, Paul lobbied every year for Federal Community Block Grant funds and after four years of trying he was able to get an allocation from Congress to plant 800 trees that first year.
Then every year after, Paul successfully testified before the Federal Community Block Grant overseeing Committee for street tree funding.
Paul also testified before NYC Council members and Queens Borough Presidents for capital funding to plant street trees in Ridgewood and the surrounding neighborhoods. As of 2020, 49 years after he started, Paul has been responsible for the planting of over 25,000 street trees in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.

Earth Day and Arbor Day – April is truly the environmental month! Of course, Arbor Day is the grandmother of conservation celebrations. First proposed in 1872, and adopted in 45 states by 1920 – today the Arbor Day Foundation continues to support tree planting across America! But let’s get back to local history and the greening of Ridgewood. Do you remember our post a few weeks ago on Linden Street? Do you remember when there were very few street trees in Ridgewood? Paul Kerzner, local community activist, has been supporting tree planting in Ridgewood since the 1970’s. In 1970, then Mayor John Lindsay started a program to plant street trees. It required citizen volunteers to convince at least ten homeowners within an approximate one block radius to each give a $20.00 donation and the City would match it $180.00 to plant a tree in front of their property. Paul organized 127 volunteers/home owners to donate the $20.00 and to canvass the nearby blocks to do the same. Over a period of four years, $70,020.00 was raised for the program to plant 3,501 trees.
After the program ended, because of the City’s fiscal crisis, Paul lobbied every year for Federal Community Block Grant funds and after four years of trying he was able to get an allocation from Congress to plant 800 trees that first year.
Then every year after, Paul successfully testified before the Federal Community Block Grant overseeing Committee for street tree funding.
Paul also testified before NYC Council members and Queens Borough Presidents for capital funding to plant street trees in Ridgewood and the surrounding neighborhoods. As of 2020, 49 years after he started, Paul has been responsible for the planting of over 25,000 street trees in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.

Here are the care instructions from our Sunflower planting during Spring Fling! Click through to see the continued care,...
05/02/2021

Here are the care instructions from our Sunflower planting during Spring Fling! Click through to see the continued care, specifics on each flower type, and the history of sunflowers! 🌻

Our exhibit on Dutch New York explains how the brief rule of the Dutch in New Amsterdam had a lasting impact on the cult...
04/24/2021

Our exhibit on Dutch New York explains how the brief rule of the Dutch in New Amsterdam had a lasting impact on the culture of New York City. Learn more during our open hours, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm. Tickets are available at: Onderdonk-Timed-Tickets.eventbrite.com

Our exhibit on Dutch New York explains how the brief rule of the Dutch in New Amsterdam had a lasting impact on the culture of New York City. Learn more during our open hours, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm. Tickets are available at: Onderdonk-Timed-Tickets.eventbrite.com

Virtual Toddler Story Time is tomorrow! Suggested donation. Reserve tickets to receive a link to the secure zoom meeting...
04/23/2021

Virtual Toddler Story Time is tomorrow! Suggested donation. Reserve tickets to receive a link to the secure zoom meeting: ODH-Storytime.eventbrite.com

Virtual Toddler Story Time is tomorrow! Suggested donation. Reserve tickets to receive a link to the secure zoom meeting: ODH-Storytime.eventbrite.com

Thank you to everyone who came out for Spring Fling on Saturday. We are so happy to be able to connect with more of our ...
04/20/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out for Spring Fling on Saturday. We are so happy to be able to connect with more of our community, in safety outdoors, now that the weather has warmed. We had a lot of fun doing arts & crafts, exploring the garden on the scavenger hunt, and planting sunflowers! We hope to see you soon! Stay tuned for information on our next Family event, “Day on the Farm,” on May 23rd.

V is for Vander Ende-Onderdonk House! For this week’s #MuseumAlphabet we are highlighting ourselves, a miniature version...
04/19/2021

V is for Vander Ende-Onderdonk House! For this week’s #MuseumAlphabet we are highlighting ourselves, a miniature version that is!

This model of the Onderdonk House was created as a Boy Scout project, impressive right? The model displays our distinct architectural features, including fieldstone walls, Gambrel roof, wooden shutters, brick chimneys, and clapboard addition.

The Vander Ende-Onderdonk house is the oldest Dutch fieldstone house in New York City. Our sturdy walls are made from local stone that was dug out from the rocky soil as the Vander Ende Family cleared the land for their 100 acre farm. Ridgewood is on the top of a terminal moraine, a ridge created by glaciers during the last ice age. The glacier deposited tons of rock and stone in its wake, including these field stones and the boulder that would become Arbitration Rock!

Our Dutch heritage is most evident in the House’s Gambrel roof, a style typical of farmhouses in the Netherlands. The roof has double slopes on each side, creating wide eaves in the front and back and of the house, which protect the lower exterior from inclement weather. The shape also allows for extra space in the third floor bedrooms, where you can walk fairly deep into the eaves interior, unlike in the cramped attics of a triangle pitch roof.

The model is on display in our permanent exhibit about the history of the House and the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society.

If us missed us yesterday, you can still complete our Garden Scavenger Hunt today or next weekend while these flowers ar...
04/18/2021

If us missed us yesterday, you can still complete our Garden Scavenger Hunt today or next weekend while these flowers are still in bloom. A HUGE Thank you to everyone who came out for Spring Fling! We had so much fun and can’t wait to see how your sunflowers grow! Tag us in your photos on Instagram @vanderendeonderdonkhouse 🪴🌻

If us missed us yesterday, you can still complete our Garden Scavenger Hunt today or next weekend while these flowers are still in bloom. A HUGE Thank you to everyone who came out for Spring Fling! We had so much fun and can’t wait to see how your sunflowers grow! Tag us in your photos on Instagram @vanderendeonderdonkhouse 🪴🌻

Spring Fling is tomorrow, Saturday 4/17! Come plant sunflowers, go on a scavenger hunt, make paper tulips and more! Tick...
04/16/2021

Spring Fling is tomorrow, Saturday 4/17! Come plant sunflowers, go on a scavenger hunt, make paper tulips and more! Tickets are available at onderdonk-spring.eventbrite.com 🌻🌷🎨

Spring Fling is tomorrow, Saturday 4/17! Come plant sunflowers, go on a scavenger hunt, make paper tulips and more! Tickets are available at onderdonk-spring.eventbrite.com 🌻🌷🎨

There’s sunshine on the forecast for Spring Fling this Saturday 4/17! Come on down to the Onderdonk House to make paper ...
04/15/2021

There’s sunshine on the forecast for Spring Fling this Saturday 4/17! Come on down to the Onderdonk House to make paper tulips, go on a scavenger hunt, plant sunflowers, and more! We’ve got plenty of fun planned for all ages. So take advantage of the good weather and make a day of it. You can bring a blanket to sit on the grass or relax on one of our benches.

Spring Fling will be from 12-5pm. $10 Adults, $5 kids. Entry is staggered and capacity is limited, so we recommend reserving tickets in advance. We can’t wait to see you! 🌷 onderdonk-spring.eventbrite.com

There’s sunshine on the forecast for Spring Fling this Saturday 4/17! Come on down to the Onderdonk House to make paper tulips, go on a scavenger hunt, plant sunflowers, and more! We’ve got plenty of fun planned for all ages. So take advantage of the good weather and make a day of it. You can bring a blanket to sit on the grass or relax on one of our benches.

Spring Fling will be from 12-5pm. $10 Adults, $5 kids. Entry is staggered and capacity is limited, so we recommend reserving tickets in advance. We can’t wait to see you! 🌷 onderdonk-spring.eventbrite.com

The tulip is the quintessential Dutch flower. However, these spring bulbs actually originated in the Middle East and wer...
04/13/2021

The tulip is the quintessential Dutch flower. However, these spring bulbs actually originated in the Middle East and were first cultivated by the Turks. Tulips were introduced to Europe in the 1600s and became so popular with the Dutch that they led to “Tulipmania.”

In 1637, tulips swept across the Netherlands and became fashionable across all classes. Some researches claim that, at one point, a single tulip bulb could sell for as much as a year’s wages. A little over a year later, once tulips became more common, the prices dropped dramatically. The tulip market rise and crash is considered by many to be one of the first examples of the “Speculative Bubble” phenomena. However, other historians believe that the effects of Tulipmania have been widely exaggerated over time.

We plant tulips here at the Onderdonk House to honor our Dutch heritage. Our gardens are in full swing, just in time for everyone to tiptoe through the tulips during our Spring Fling scavenger hunt this Saturday! 🌷

U is for Utensil! This week’s #MuseumAlphabet highlights the cutlery found on site at the Onderdonk House during archeol...
04/13/2021

U is for Utensil! This week’s #MuseumAlphabet highlights the cutlery found on site at the Onderdonk House during archeological excavations in the 1970s and 1980s.

The utensils pictured above date back to the mid-late 1800s, during the occupation of the Onderdonk Family. The three pronged fork in our collection is silver plate and was made by the Regal Silver Company, a local manufacturer with bases in New York and Connecticut. In the 19th Century, silver plate flatware was all the rage due to a new process called “electroplating.” The process took an object made out of a cheaper, more durable metal, like copper or nickel, and coated it in pure silver for an upscale finish.

Silver plated wares were often engraved with the manufacturers marks as a sign of their craftsmanship and authenticity. Today, theses marks not only indicate the materials used, but also give historians a clue to the age and origin of an artifact. The three pronged fork and other utensils are on display in our permanent exhibit, “Artifacts Dug On Site,” where you can learn more about archeology and the everyday objects people used in the past.

U is for Utensil! This week’s #MuseumAlphabet highlights the cutlery found on site at the Onderdonk House during archeological excavations in the 1970s and 1980s.

The utensils pictured above date back to the mid-late 1800s, during the occupation of the Onderdonk Family. The three pronged fork in our collection is silver plate and was made by the Regal Silver Company, a local manufacturer with bases in New York and Connecticut. In the 19th Century, silver plate flatware was all the rage due to a new process called “electroplating.” The process took an object made out of a cheaper, more durable metal, like copper or nickel, and coated it in pure silver for an upscale finish.

Silver plated wares were often engraved with the manufacturers marks as a sign of their craftsmanship and authenticity. Today, theses marks not only indicate the materials used, but also give historians a clue to the age and origin of an artifact. The three pronged fork and other utensils are on display in our permanent exhibit, “Artifacts Dug On Site,” where you can learn more about archeology and the everyday objects people used in the past.

Wondering what’s happening at the Onderdonk House? We’re starting the season off with Spring Fling next Saturday 4/17 an...
04/10/2021

Wondering what’s happening at the Onderdonk House? We’re starting the season off with Spring Fling next Saturday 4/17 and Virtual Storytime on 4/24. Mark your calendars and check back soon for more details on the rest of our public programming!

Tickets for events through April are available online at: Onderdonk-House.eventbrite.com

Wondering what’s happening at the Onderdonk House? We’re starting the season off with Spring Fling next Saturday 4/17 and Virtual Storytime on 4/24. Mark your calendars and check back soon for more details on the rest of our public programming!

Tickets for events through April are available online at: Onderdonk-House.eventbrite.com

We’re open today and tomorrow from 12-5 PM! Stop by for a tour of the #Museum. Make sure to spend time in our gardens af...
04/10/2021

We’re open today and tomorrow from 12-5 PM! Stop by for a tour of the #Museum. Make sure to spend time in our gardens afterwards to enjoy the #Daffodils and tulips! Tours begin every half hour, tickets are available at the link in our bio 🌷

We’re open today and tomorrow from 12-5 PM! Stop by for a tour of the #Museum. Make sure to spend time in our gardens afterwards to enjoy the #Daffodils and tulips! Tours begin every half hour, tickets are available at the link in our bio 🌷

Do you recognize these buildings? For #ThrowBackThursday we’d like your help with identifying this block in Ridgewood, Q...
04/08/2021

Do you recognize these buildings? For #ThrowBackThursday we’d like your help with identifying this block in Ridgewood, Queens!

We do not know if this house is still standing nor when the photograph was taken. However, we are quite sure that it was taken in Ridgewood. If any one has any information or guesses, we’d greatly appreciate it!

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society contains a collection of prints and photographs, many of which are unidentified beyond general location and subject. We hope to start a larger crowd sourcing project to identify our collection in the future. For now, we’ll be sharing a few of the mystery photos on social media and trying our luck!

Do you recognize these buildings? For #ThrowBackThursday we’d like your help with identifying this block in Ridgewood, Queens!

We do not know if this house is still standing nor when the photograph was taken. However, we are quite sure that it was taken in Ridgewood. If any one has any information or guesses, we’d greatly appreciate it!

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society contains a collection of prints and photographs, many of which are unidentified beyond general location and subject. We hope to start a larger crowd sourcing project to identify our collection in the future. For now, we’ll be sharing a few of the mystery photos on social media and trying our luck!

Mr. Grey is our resident historic house cat. He wandered on to our property in 2016 with a litter of kittens. He was nam...
04/05/2021

Mr. Grey is our resident historic house cat. He wandered on to our property in 2016 with a litter of kittens. He was named “Mr. Grey” to denote his seniority over a suspiciously similar looking gray kitten in the pack. The kittens were adopted out to new homes, but Mr. Grey decided to stay here at the museum.

Mr. Grey continues in a long tradition of working animals. The Vander Ende and Onderdonk Families likely kept farm cats to help with rodent control. Mr. Grey certainly helps us keep the pests away; however, his primary job is charming our guests.

You can usually find Mr. Grey sleeping upstairs on our Dutch bedroom set or lounging in the kitchen garden camouflaged as a rock. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, keep an ear out for jingle bells next time you visit. His bells ensure that everyone, including the birds, know when he’s nearby.

Mr. Grey is our resident historic house cat. He wandered on to our property in 2016 with a litter of kittens. He was named “Mr. Grey” to denote his seniority over a suspiciously similar looking gray kitten in the pack. The kittens were adopted out to new homes, but Mr. Grey decided to stay here at the museum.

Mr. Grey continues in a long tradition of working animals. The Vander Ende and Onderdonk Families likely kept farm cats to help with rodent control. Mr. Grey certainly helps us keep the pests away; however, his primary job is charming our guests.

You can usually find Mr. Grey sleeping upstairs on our Dutch bedroom set or lounging in the kitchen garden camouflaged as a rock. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, keep an ear out for jingle bells next time you visit. His bells ensure that everyone, including the birds, know when he’s nearby.

Our last round of Evening Tours will be next Saturday April 10th, with timed entry from 5:30 to 7:30. Admission is $5 an...
04/03/2021

Our last round of Evening Tours will be next Saturday April 10th, with timed entry from 5:30 to 7:30. Admission is $5 and by reservation only! 🌅

🕯Our guides will take you on a candlelit tour of the Museum, where you will learn about life in 18th and 19th Century #NYC. You can also walk our grounds to view the gardens at dusk and maybe even catch a magical #sunset over Manhattan at the top of the hill. 🌇

🎟 Find tickets and learn more at: Onderdonk-AfterDark.Eventbrite.com

Our last round of Evening Tours will be next Saturday April 10th, with timed entry from 5:30 to 7:30. Admission is $5 and by reservation only! 🌅

🕯Our guides will take you on a candlelit tour of the Museum, where you will learn about life in 18th and 19th Century #NYC. You can also walk our grounds to view the gardens at dusk and maybe even catch a magical #sunset over Manhattan at the top of the hill. 🌇

🎟 Find tickets and learn more at: Onderdonk-AfterDark.Eventbrite.com

Address

1820 Flushing Ave
Queens, NY
11385

Bus Q-54 passes and stops two blocks away at the intersection of Flushing and Metropolitan Avenues. Bus B-57 passes the house on Flushing Avenue. "L" subway line to Jefferson Street (Brooklyn) stop; proceed five blocks North (right) along Flushing Avenue. On street car and bike parking is available, plentiful and free!

General information

We preserve local neighborhood records, give history and genealogy talks to grade schools and adults alike. Suggested donation $3.00 adults, $1.00 children except for special events or programs. Check event calendar on the website for other special events throughout the year via Instagram or Twitter.

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(718) 456-1776

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Some of the great vendors at the House today. Come down and enjoy!
My maiden name is Vander Ende!! This is interesting, I've NEVER heard the name anywhere else!