The Hezekiah Dare house, a historic house on Valley Street in Maplewood, was demolished Tuesday by its new owner.
Township historian Susan Newberry noted the house's historic significance. "An old newspaper article said that Hezekiah Dare, an English immigrant who was a carpenter, purchased the house from the Crowell family around 1860," said Newberry. "The Crowells had run the Cider Mill that stood near the Shell Station by the high school and had orchards in the area. They also owned the general store which stood near Town Hall."
"The house was listed in the partial inventory of historic buildings (limited to those built before 1860) in Maplewood, in the Master Plan," said Virginia Kurshan, chair of the Maplewood Historic Preservation Commission. "However, it was not a locally designated landmark and therefore there were no restrictions on its demolition."