Wyckoff House

Wyckoff House

Part on the left dates to the 18th century, part on the right is of the 17th century
Location 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY It is located in Milton Fidler Park
Coordinates 40°38′40.1″N 73°55′15.8″W / 40.644472°N 73.921056°W / 40.644472; -73.921056Coordinates: 40°38′40.1″N 73°55′15.8″W / 40.644472°N 73.921056°W / 40.644472; -73.921056
Built ca. 1652
Architectural style Colonial
NRHP Reference # 67000013
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 24, 1967[1]
Designated NHL December 24, 1967[2]

The Wyckoff House, or Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House is located at 5816 Clarendon Road in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. The house itself is located in Milton Fidler Park. The house is estimated to have been built in 1652, making it the oldest surviving example of a Dutch saltbox frame house in America, and it was one of the first structures built by Europeans on Long Island. The majority of the current structure was added in the 19th century, with the small kitchen section dating back to the 18th century. Only a small section remains from 1652.[3]

It is situated on land that Wouter van Twiller purchased from the local Lenape people in approximately 1636.[3] (Europeans often referred to the native inhabitants simply by the Lenape language place name for the larger area: "Canarsie", in this case)

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967.[2][3]

It is owned by New York City but is operated by The Wyckoff House & Association.[4]

It is believed that the majority of Americans with the name Wyckoff (or its variations) is descended from Pieter (Claessen) Wyckoff from this house. Pieter Claessen was forced to adopt a surname after 1664 and chose "Wyckoff," the place name of an estate near Marianhave, Ostfriesland, where he, as an orphan, may have occupied a sleeping cupboard. At that time there were no other known Wyckoffs in America. There are some 60 known variations of the name that appeared between 1790 and 1900 [5]

See also


  1. National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. 1 2 "Wyckoff House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-19.
  3. 1 2 3 Patricia Heintzelman (1975-10-11). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Wyckoff House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying six photos, exterior, from 1967 (2.55 MB)
  4. "Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum". The Historic House Trust of New York City. 2014-04-13.
  5. The Wyckoff House & Association website

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