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The Luykas Van Alen house was built in 1737 and earned its historical designation in 1967 being referred to as one of one of the most authentic examples of early Dutch architecture remaining in the United States. The Van Alen family purchased this land from the Mohicans, my tour guide said Dutch settlers and Native Americans had a better relationship and level of mutual respect as compared to others settlers. Quite incredibly, the Van Alen house was in the same family from 1737 to 1935. That’s almost 200 years! When the house was for sale, another descendant purchased it, realizing the historical significance of the property. Unable to afford a full restoration (which my old house people can sympathize with!!!!😂😭) he donated the house to the Columbia County Historical Society. The house has been modified through the years, but was restored to its 1737 appearance. You can imagine this was not a small undertaking and amazingly research for that plan was based on PAINTINGS from that era, as there obviously were no cameras. (But airports were coming soon @moneybee )There are period authentic tiles on the hearths that were generously donated by the Dutch government to aid the restoration. There also have been archeological digs on the property. Many Native American artifacts were found and are displayed in the house along with many other artifacts from the Van Alen’s tenancy. When you look at this house, I’m sure the unique seating areas catch your eye. This was to keep messes outside (from plucking chickens or cleaning things etc.) while allowing the women to also be close to what is going on inside the house and watch the children through the upper part of the doors. During the archeological digs they found the highest concentration of items around these areas.