Dickinson House, Alloway, New Jersey~ a Brick House Just Letting it All Hang Out…

Dickinson House
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.

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Side view. Photo taken by my dear friend.

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Beautiful Buttonwood Tree on property.

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.

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She’s a brick house just letting it all hang out.

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!

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She’s a natural.

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.

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Shed on property.

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The doors.

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

11 thoughts on “Dickinson House, Alloway, New Jersey~ a Brick House Just Letting it All Hang Out…

  1. Dear Yummygal, I have lived in Alloway for the past 8 years and purchased an old historical home on W. Main Street. I have begun doing research on my home & also started a facebook page called Alloway History/ Community New & Events Sharing Group.. Please feel free to connect with the us and share your new book, and feel free to share your knowledge with us about Alloway.

    • I will have to check it out and “like” your page. FYI, I’ve been to Alloway a few times and it will be highlighted here on the website and included in the Salem County book I am currently working on and will be published. Thank you for stopping by! Checking out your facebook page as we speak!

  2. Hmm, copyrighted material, huh? Well, we’re gonna have to work something out because it’s my house!! Ha, ha, ha!! Hi Yummygal!! My name is Armando, I own the house and your article put a smile on my face. Contact me if you want to know more about it. Regards and best!!

    • Armando.. It’s YOUR house. I give you written permission to use for anything you like! Btw, your home is the envy of my historic pals in the area. Stunning.

      Would love to hear more!

      • That’s ok, I have plenty of pictures/photos…ha, ha, ha!! The house is undergoing major work to preserve for many more years to come. It fell in disrepair for quite a few years prior to the 1970’s but previous owners realized its grandeur and truly did a wonderful job in restoration. I’m privileged to have taken over where they left off. I’ve cleared acreage around the house and began adding elements to preserve the integrity of the period. Much of the work taking place is now is replacing of rotted sills (this last summers have been inordinarily wet and taken a toll), damaged windows due to storms, reconfiguration of attic space, new porch, and new outside color scheme once the storm windows are removed. Planning this to be complete by summer 2014. In the next few years, hoping to add the clapboard addition shown in the 1930’s HABS study photos on the internet, as well as the cedar shingle roof. The previous owners left journals, pics, and pertinent documents providing a timeline of the house and changes over time. Interestingly enough, the roof line went from gambrel, to raised Italianate (mid to late 1800’s), and changed to pitched sometime in the 1930’s as is now. I could go on and on…

        Ask me questions or if you’re in the neighborhood and see me around stop by and say “hi”. Many people stop by and chat whenever they catch me working outside. I’ve gotten used to the house’s popularity. It truly is a great house. I’m hoping to restore to it’s original grandeur. Thanks for your write-up and kind words. Regards and best!!

        PS, the original Dickenson will is housed in the Woodstown Historical Society and was on display.

  3. Armando, god bless ya! Recently, we went under contract for an old Victorian in Woodstown and after we had inspection. our contractor told us to not walk, but to run away! Too many issues and estimate was over 100 grand for basic repairs. We had to walk. I’m just saying it takes a TON of work to keep these beauties in great condition and a lot of love. I appreciate you keeping South Jersey history alive. I plan on joining the Woodstown-Pilesgrove historical society. They have some great folks there. Met a few on the Candlelight Tour back around Christmas. I’ll have to check out the Will. Thanks again!

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