New Germantown Historical Maps


  My thanks to David Voorhees of Pittstown for providing the photograph.
The town shown in the old photograph is Potterstown, with the view as seen from the old Rte. 28 as you are heading East coming off of Rte. 22. Things have changed a lot since this picture was taken - a wild guess puts the date around 1900. The two dark-colored barns in the foreground have been replaced by a new white house and gardens on the lot where until about 10 years ago a dilapidated pink house stood. Based on information from two deeds I also believe this lot was the site in 1782 of a tavern run by Philip Prost , later sold in 1806 by William VanFleet to Captain George Eick.
  The property at the far right(you can see a mailbox if you magnify the picture) was, I believe, the Homestead property of John Ramsay bought by Fanny Traphagan after Ramsay's death around 1865. On the far left you will see a house which stands today on the really old road - the one used in the 1700's and today called "Potterstown Lane". It was the main thoroughfare until it was replaced by the turnpike(the road the photographer was standing on) around 1813.
  The real curiosity is the white barn and the white house - if you know Potterstown you will recognize that the barn and house were both moved sometime after this picture was taken. The barn now rests on the foundation of the house as shown in the picture. The house was most recently used as a furniture store(the blue one) presently located at the corner of the old turnpike road and Potterstown road.

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