Wayne (New Jersey)

Van Riper-Hopper House

Wayne is a city in New Jersey and home of William Paterson University.

Get in

You can drive a car or take the bus. Three NJ Transit lines runs through this pickle of a town: the 197, the 744 and 748. Schedules and fares can be obtained on NJ Transit's website.


The farmstead includes an historical herb garden, Archeology Laboratory, and Albert Payson Terhune Collection. Five lower rooms contain furniture representing different periods. Several artifacts make it easy to imagine succeeding generations living in the house until it was acquired by Wayne Township. Located on its original site, the museum represents the agricultural society that dominated Wayne for over 200 years. This historic house is on the state and national register.

This historic building is one of three owned and managed by Wayne Township to preserve and display their heritage. This home was built in 1786 by Uriah Van Riper and is a good example of New Jersey Dutch Colonial architecture. Located at the same address, the Mead-Van Duyne house was built around 1740, and is, like the Van Riper-Hopper House, on the National Register of Historic Homes.

It is one of a few colonial homesteads built before 1700 on the east coast, which was never sold out of original ownership for eight generations. Each generation produced military, medical, legal and governmental representatives, leaving behind records and artifacts. Visitors are invited to schedule an interactive, interpretive tour of the home. This house, which is Wayne’s oldest, was built in 1695 by Ardent Schuyler, one of the leaders of the original settlement. William Colfax, who married Hester Schuyler in 1783, gave the house the Colfax name.


Ailsa Farms Hobart Manor, on the campus of William Paterson University




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Routes through Wayne

Dover Fairfield  W  E  Paterson New York City
Peekskill Lincoln Park  N  S  Montville Parsippany
Dover Lincoln Park  W  E  Montclair New York City

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