Upcoming Events & Lectures:

Tuesday, August 14: Apple Tree House presents: The Battle of Paulus Hook


The Apple Tree House, more formally known as the Van Wagenen House, gained its name from the story of the 1780 meeting of General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolution. Legend has it that while camped in Bergen for three days, Washington and Lafayette dined in the yard of the Van Wagenen house “underneath an apple tree” and discussed strategy for French naval intervention in the war.

Apple Tree House brief timeline:

1600’s: establishment of Bergen, one of the earliest Dutch settlements in New Jersey

Between 1710 and 1721: the oldest part of the farmhouse house was built by the Van Wagenen family, a prominent farming family in the Dutch-American community

1842: the single-room house was extended to the east, which provided the family with a main hall, parlor, second-floor bedrooms and attic

1860: second floor of the western end of the house was added

1947: Funeral Director Lawrence G. Quinn and his wife Anne purchased the house from the Van Wagenen Family, becoming the second-ever owner in the house’s then over 250-year history

1940’s – 1980’s: the family opened Quinn Funeral Home, which has been the site of the wakes of many prominent Jersey City officials and community members, including Mayor Frank Hague and J. Owen Grundy, author of “The History of Jersey City” and preservationist

1999: the house is purchased by the City of Jersey City

October 2017: the house re-opens to the public and is designated as a New Jersey historic landmark site shortly thereafter

Sign up for a FREE tour to dive deeper into the house’s right history! Every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Apple Tree House is open to the public for visiting and free, informational tours. Space for each tour is limited. Contact cbowles@jcnj.org for more information on availability and bookings.


Missed a lecture? No problem! Click through the videos below and brush up on your Apple Tree House history.

February 28, 2018: Springsteen & His Layered Lyrics: with Dr. Prudence Jones

March 22, 2018: Learning New Jersey One Building at a Time

April 24, 2018: A Geographers View of Jersey City

May 2, 2018: Peace Be Still: Marching in the Footsteps of the Drum Major