Tree Behind Dey Mansion, Wayne NJ

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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this gorgeous and unusual tree is located in the back grounds at the Historic Dey Mansion. I was experimenting with the Rule of Thirds. I also enjoy taking shots with something in the foreground and beauty of the mansion in the background.

Dey Mansion was built by Dirck Dey around 1740 on land bought by Dey on October 9, 1717. Dey was a carpenter and his well finished home shows his skill. To our best knowledge, Dirck Dey built the east wing of the mansion and his son Theunis finished the rest including a twelve foot grand center hall. The front of the mansion is constructed of brick produced on the site with sandstone quoins from the Little Falls Quarry. The remainder of the home is made from split quarry and field stone. In correspondence by Hester Dey, the home was refered to as Bloomsburg Manor.

Dirck Dey and his family were third generation Dutch immigrants settling in Preakness as early as 1707. The Dutch settled and lent their names to much of Northern North Jersey. New Jersey, along with New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, was part of the “Middle Colonies”, the only part of British North America settled by non-English Europeans.

George Washington utilized the Dey Mansion during the American Revolution as one of his many Headquarters. George Washington returned to his Preakness headquarters at Dey Mansion in 1780 after learning of Benedict Arnold’s treachery.

Updated 3-April 2017 –
The Dey mansion has always been a home I loved and my daughters, mother and I have visited many times and attended re-enactments there. I JUST found out by working on my family tree that I am RELATED to the Dey family – SO EXCITING! My 6th great grandmother was Theunis Dey’s aunt, so Theunis Dey is my 1st cousin 7 xs removed. I am thrilled as well as my sisters being excited and we plan to apply to the organization Daughters of the American Revolution. So the Dey mansion seen above is actually one of my FAMILY HOMES!

Dedicated to my mom, who I WISH I could tell her we are related to the Deys! She would be SO ecstatic!

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