The Clarkstown Historical Review Board meets Wednesday at 8 p.m. and is expected to hear and discuss ideas for the preservation and potential use of the Vanderbilt/Budke/Traphagen house on Germonds Road.
The Vanderbilt/Budke/Traphagen house in West Nyack is the second oldest house in Rockland County and currently owned by The Town of Clarkstown. The town acquired it when it purchased the Traphagen property to add to its Open Space Initiative. The house was previously owned by one of the county’s most well-known historians, George Budke. His papers are kept at the New York City Public Library.
Local preservationists have been urging community members to show their support for the area’s heritage and history and share ideas for funding and future use of the structure. Many of them spoke up about the condition of the house at a December town board meeting.
They are worried the Vanderbilt/Budke/Traphagen house could meet the same fate as the former Teaberry Port House also in West Nyack. The pre-revolutionary sandstone dwelling on Strawtown Road was demolished on November 27, 2012 after it fell into disrepair.