WEST NYACK, N.Y. -- After years of struggling to find funding to restore the pre-Revolutionary War Traphagen property in West Nyack, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and State Sen. David Carlucci announced that they have each secured $250,000 in funding for the restoration.
While making the announcement, the legislators paid special tribute to Habitat for Humanity and the many individuals who have worked for years to preserve the property such as Heritage, the Town of Clarkstown, Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner and local historians who have emphasized the importance of the area.
“I am happy I was able to secure $250,000 in funding to help bring the Traphagen property back to life. The property has stood as a symbol of Rockland’s heritage for centuries and we need to preserve it for future generations. The rehabilitation of the property and the Vanderbilt-Budke house will provide residents and visitors with a historical and educational outlet to learn more about Clarkstown’s roots,” said Zebrowski.
The property includes two buildings, the Vanderbilt-Budke home, built by Dutch settler Jacob Vanderbilt, considered to be the oldest town in Clarkstown, and a two-story farmhouse, built in the late 1800s.
Clarkstown purchased the 9.2-acre property for $900,000 in 2011. Since buying the property, the town has since spent almost $100,000 for improvements.
The $500,000 will be used for a complete restoration of the historic Vanderbilt-Budke house and will connect the property to Germonds Park with pedestrian trails to encourage more residents and visitors to enjoy the home. Once completed, the Town plans to use the space for historic reenactments, community gatherings, and possibly some farming. "
I am so proud to have been able to secure $250,000 in funding for the Traphagen House. This historic structure is one of Clarkstown’s oldest known structures and should be enjoyed for generations to come. Zebrowski and I are overjoyed that the funding we secured will bring this rich history back to life," said Carlucci.
The announcement also included a small ceremony for Bert Dahm, president of Heritage of West Nyack. For years, Dahm has worked tirelessly to maintain the property and bring awareness about the importance of preserving this piece of history.
"Since taking office, I have made it a priority to restore the historic Vanderbilt-Budke and Traphagen homesteads in West Nyack,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. “On behalf of the Town of Clarkstown, I thank Assemblyman Zebrowski and Senator Carlucci for their partnership in our efforts to preserve these houses and this property for future generations to enjoy and learn about the Town’s rich history."
In December, Traphagen will be designated on the National Register of Historic Places.
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