Van Riper-Hopper House Museum

533 Berdan Avenue
Wayne, NJ 07470


Hours of Operation:

Weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Tuesdays open until 7:00 pm

Sat & Sun: Closed

Closed on State Holidays


The Van Riper-Hopper House Museum, 533 Berdan Ave., Wayne was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places because of its unique construction and design in criterion C. Built in 1786 by Uriah Van Riper for his bride Maria (Polly) Berdan, this Dutch Colonial house offers a rare walk back in time. In 2013 architectural research produced evidence that the house was built in three stages. The Van Riper-Hopper family occupied the house from its beginnings to 1928. An abundance of artifacts make it easy to imagine succeeding generations living in the house. Five lower rooms contain 18th and early 19th century furnishings Located on its original site, the museum represents the agricultural society that dominated Wayne for over 200 years. In 2013 the first Community Gardens were built on the site to correlate with its traditional agricultural roots. The farmstead includes an historical herb garden, Archeology Laboratory, and Albert Payson Terhune Collection.

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