The oldest home in New Jersey resides in Gibbstown, just off the Delaware River in Gloucester county, and spitting distance from Philadelphia Airport.
Considering the flight patterns in the area, it’s crazy to think the C.A. Nothnagle Log House was constructed in 1685, nearly 220 years prior to the Wright Brothers taking flight. Parts of the home even pre-date the construction period, with pots and tools dating back to as early as 1590.
To give a little more insight into the home at the time, wooden floors weren’t added until the early 1700s. Before that? Yup. Dirt floors. I don’t anticipate that style coming back around in the future.
Gibbstown was prominently known as New Sweden, settled heavily by Finnish and Swedish settlers, and not surprisingly the motive behind the naming of neighboring Swedesboro.
The home was last inhabited in 1918, and has since been vacant and preserved as a historical home as of 1976. While the current owners don’t live inside the home, tours are available by appointment.