Or, Sandy Ridge, part seven
I have been writing about the neighborhood of Sandy Ridge for several weeks now, but have neglected probably the most important family to live there—the Vandolahs. It is time to remedy that omission.
This is my second article on the neighborhood of Sandy Ridge in Delaware Township. The previous article was written by Jonathan M. Hoppock in 1905 (and heavily annotated by me.) Today’s article was written by Egbert T. Bush, over 25 years later.
This past fall, an application was prepared to create a Sandy Ridge Historic District in Delaware Township. This area is full of interesting properties, with the old Sandy Ridge Baptist Church standing at its center.
The Vandolah’s were Dutch. Their name was often spelled Van Dolah, but Vandolah seems to have been used the most. The family showed up early in Hunterdon County, but their exact origins are not known. Hubert G. Schmidt, in his book Rural Hunterdon (pp. 31-32), wrote of the many Dutch families who came to Hunterdon in the early 18th century:
The Van Dolah Farm
Recently I asked if anyone recognized this photo. It didn’t take long for readers to answer the question, as you can see from the comments below.
So, I dived back into my files and found two more photographs of the farm that were sent to me awhile back by one of my readers–a before and after pair of photos, if ever there was one.
So many houses get demolished once they start to look like this house did in the 1920s. But this beautiful place shows that demolition is rarely justified.