Belvidere Road
Atlantic Highlands
NJ 07716

Spout House

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Belvidere Road
Colonial Style House
The original part of the house, built in the 1740s, is the far left side of the house up to the front door. The rest of the house was built in the 1840s, and dormers were added in the 1920s. In the 1980s, the one-story piece and the remainder of the house were added.

The house sits on a gentle slope between steeper bayside cliffs, just above today's Henry Hudson Spring. House and spring has the same landowner until Sverre Sorenson, who bought it in the 1930s, donated teh spring lands to the town.

An early occupant, reputedly a retired whaler, collecteed and sold clams from the bay floor, as the Lenape had long done and subsequent residents did for their own recreation and eating.

The natural shingles on the house are close to those on the original house, based on findings during the 1980s renovations. Near where today's 1980s barn stands, there was an earlier barn in the 1880s, which stored tents int he off-season for Camp Hilton. The bayside tent ground for people attending Methodist summer "camp meetings" in Atlantic Highlands.

The roadside well is close to the original -- hand dug, with dry-laid stone lining. The flag pole was the mast of coastal vessel wrecked in Clay Pit Creek by a storm and salvaged by Sverre Sorenson's father, who was a captain on an Atlantic Highlands - New York commuter vessel.

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