Our Favorite: Historic Home

We love listing historic homes! With our connection to the time-honored Sotheby’s Auction House, Sotheby’s International Realty is the best fit to sell these little pieces of history. KLSIR specifically has plenty of experience due to the cultured past of our marketplace. We currently have a Basking Ridge listing with authentic features and a wonderful story.

Let us introduce 3155 Valley Road…

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This home was stamped in granite stone with ‘J M VC 1764’. These are believed to be the initials of the builder or the original owner. We know the house was owned and offered for sale in 1781 by Captain Patrick Dennis, a ship captain commissioned by George Washington to command the armed cutter Vigilant. The Vigilant was one of 10 vessels patrolling our coastline against British invasion. These ten cutters were the forerunner of our present-day Coast Guard. Captain Dennis also worked as a spy for President Washington.

This charming old stone house, neglected for many years, was rescued by a young couple in 1964 on its 200th birthday. For the next 55 years they lovingly restored, renovated and eventually doubled the size of the home. Even during the major addition, the couple traveled to New England to find old floorboards, authentic period doors and hardware. The owners were dedicated to keeping the historical elements which earned them a Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission ‘Historic Preservation’ award in the year 2000 as a testament to their dedication to period authenticity.


Located on the corner of Valley and Stonehouse Road, this picturesque 1764 home gave Stonehouse Road its name. Maps of 1850 show the area named as such. The dwelling, deemed worthy of preservation, was documented in the Library of Congress’s Historic American Buildings Survey in 1936 with pictures, blueprints and a plaque. Stone House has been included in numerous tours over the years and in 1976 was named a Bernard’s Township Historic Site and marked with a plaque.

The home today, sits on almost two acres of mature trees and professional landscaping. The historical elements are still there but the updates are appropriate for today’s lifestyle.

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3155 Valley Road, Basking Ridge

4 beds  |  2.1 baths  |  1.92 acres  |  $675,000

Represented by Megan Bonanno
mbonanno@klsir.com  |  862.812.0634


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