Alloway, New Jersey
Ladies and gentlemen of South Jersey, meet the Dickinson house reportedly the best brick patterned house in the country. This home built in 1754 and located in Alloway, New Jersey.
Salem County is famous for their patterned brick designs on some houses. Reportedly, there are fewer than two dozen such homes remaining out of the 43 that existed in 1792. The intricate brickwork is created by arranging vitrified (fired) small ends of bricks (headers). It is considered a Flemish bond design and has the tallest date marking with seven courses of brick.
The house was built by owners John and Mary Dickinson. The home was constructed to be the most exquisite example of Salem County’s patterned brick houses. As quoted by the late Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, who was an Edwards Professor of American History at good ol’ Princeton University, as per his book, “The intricate patterns can be matched nowhere else in America.”
The Dickinsons sure had flair!
Materials of construction according to a Historic American Buildings Survey done in 1934, the foundation is made of brick. The exterior walls are constructed of red brick with blue glazed brick for the design. The interior walls are made of plaster. The chimney inside is made of brick and the roof is a pitch design.
The interior still has wide plank floors of the olden days with four fireplaces. Joists and rafters were made of oak and the trim in the home is white pine.
Tradition claims that holes were once pierced in the old doors seen here, in case of an Indian attack. The holes were built in an effort to shoot-to-kill through the door without opening it, on an impending fight or battle. The house has only two second-floor bedrooms. However, her history lives on. She was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 1975.
Yup, a true exquisite South Jersey architectural splendor!
Until our next crazy adventure! -The Yummy “to the funny” Yummygal