Kingsland Manor, Nutley, N.J. © 2013 Anthony Buccino KINGSLAND MANOR

A 1700s Colonial

Steeped in History

3 Kingsland Street

Nutley, N.J.

Kingsland Manor Restoration Trust
3 Kingsland Street Nutley, NJ 07110

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Created in 1973, the Historic Restoration Trust of Nutley is a group of actively interested citizens whose continuing task is to move Kingsland Manor toward the broad goal of landmark, museum and local activity resource. Working in committees, the volunteers have set the restoration program on course.

Kingsland Manor - Open house tours are held on the third Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted.

Enjoy this 1700s brownstone center hall colonial. Come explore the historic homestead of the Kingsland family set within park-like grounds overlooking Kingsland Pond and waterfalls.

The upstairs child's room has been redone and now features a replica of the original Kingsland cradle handcrafted by Leon Kish, one of the members, using the original Kingsland template.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Kingsland Manor

Spring is finally here and so is Earth Day

The Historic Restoration Trust plans spring clean up in celebration of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manor, 3 Kingsland Street, Nutley, NJ

 The Historic Restoration Trust is planning a spring clean up in celebration of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manor located at 3 Kingsland Street, Nutley (access via Lakeside Dr.) Gloves, rakes shovels and bags will be provided. Bring along clippers and wear suitable clothing and shoes. Any time you can give to help is greatly appreciated. If additional information is needed, please call 973-235-1549.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Manor

Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 19, 2015

Kingsland Manor Open House

Tours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

May 17, 2015

Kingsland Manor Open House

Tours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2 p.m. Book Talk & Autograph Party

Anthony Buccino will talk about his latest book Nutley Notables: The men and women who made a memorable impact on our home town, Nutley, New Jersey which profiles more than 200 people who shaped the history and future of our town.

Many of the folks profiled in the book will be on hand to sign their own profile page. Already own a book, bring it along and collect more signatures!

A few of the Nutley Notables profiled in Buccino's new book:

Nutley Notables collage

Top Row, from left: Laura Mason Tuers, Annie Oakley, Bus McGinnity, Henry Bunner,
Harry Chenoweth, Ann Troy, Paul Radcliffe.

Center Row: Walter F. Reinheimer, Jane Grey Burgio, Frank Orechio, Anthony Iannarone,
Pervis Robison, Tina Cervasio, Joanne Cocchiola.

Bottom Row: Ron Owens, Gary T. Erbe, Joseph 'The Chief' Scarpa, Jessica Denay,
Chris Wragge, Mike Geltrude, William Nolze.

Digitized Kingsland Papers

Presented to Nutley Public Library

The Historic Restoration Trust of Nutley presented digitized versions of the Kingsland Papers to the Board of Nutley Library at their monthly board meeting on March 24, 2015, 

The original Kingsland Papers are held in the Kingsland Manor archive. The documents on velum and parchment cover the period from 1720 until 1911 when the Kingslands sold the Manor and surrounding property to Daniel McGinnity, a boxing promoter and trainer, and his wife, Katherine, who later ran a private hospital in the Manor.

In 2014, the Trust was given a matching grant by the Essex County Local Arts and History Programs to have these documents digitized to preserve them. In order to make these digitized documents available to the citizens of Nutley, the Trust provided microfilm and a DVD of the document images to the library.

Kingsland Papers presented to Nutley Pubic Library

From left: Nutley Library board trustees Pat Ritacco and Wayne D. Greenfeder, library board President Anthony J. Iannarone,
Kingsland Manor Trust President Dorothy Greengrove, library director Maria LaBadia, and Kingsland Manor Trust Vice President Leon Kish.

March 15, 2015

Kingsland Manor Open House

Tours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday House Tour At Kingsland Manor

Revisit the George Washington Era

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 22, 2015

Kingsland Manor will be open to celebrate George Washington's 283rd birthday.

Kingsland Manor will be open to celebrate George Washington's 283rd birthday with docent tours on from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, February 22, weather permitting. Sorry, folks, event cancelled due to weather and access.

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seeks volunteer gardeners

If anyone is interested in adopting a small garden bed to care for in the spring through the summer, the Kingsland Manor is looking for help.

 Experienced or inexperienced gardeners can call 973-661-3410, or email email Kingsland Manor for more information.

According the website, the homestead’s main section was likely built about 1750 with a summer kitchen added in the 1790s. Joseph Kingsland Jr. added the "ballroom" about 1860.

Kingsland Manor Genealogy

updated November 2014

Kingsland Manor Celebrates the Birth of New Jersey

The Kingsland Manor is joining in the celebration of 350 years of New Jersey with a ‘Birthday’ celebration and open house at the Manor, Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please come and help celebrate New Jersey’s 350th birthday with us. The event is free and open to the public.

“New Jersey began in 1664 as a royal gift. Charles II of England granted a sizeable parcel of land on the east coast of North America to his brother James, Duke of York. James in turn gave a piece of this valuable real estate to two loyal noblemen, Sir George Carteret and John Lord Berkeley…The document that records this transaction, now housed at the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton, proclaims that “said Tract of Land is hereafter to be called by the name or names of New Cesarea or New Jersey.”

And so New Jersey was born.”  The area, previously owned by the Dutch and known as New Netherlands, was renamed by Sir George Carteret on receiving the royal grant after the island of Jersey where he lived.

The Royal Governor of New Jersey, Philip Carteret, a cousin of Sir George, granted the first land patent of 15,308 acres of land stretching from the junction of the Passaic and Hackensack rivers and seven miles north to Captain William Sanford and Major Nathaniel Kingsland on July 4, 1668. This land grant established the Kingsland family roots in our area.

First Land Patent granted to Nathaniel Kingsland

The westerly portion of the county (Bergen) was included in the purchase by Captain William Sandford from the Parish of St. Mary's in the Island of Barbadoes. Governor Carteret and council granted this tract to Sandford, July 4, 1668.

It contained within its boundaries an area of 15,308 acres, extending from the point of union of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers about seven miles northward along said rivers, to a spring now known as Boiling Springs, or Sandford Spring, near Rutherford.

This purchase was made by Sandford for himself and Major Nathaniel Kingsland, also from the Island of Barbadoes, and the same was subsequently divided between Sandford and Kingsland. Kingsland, who became the owner of the northern part (including part of the present Bergen County), resided in what is now known as "Kingsland Manor," south of Rutherford, in Bergen County, while Sandford, who became the owner of the southerly part, resided in what is now East Newark, in Hudson County. Much of this large section of territory remained vested in the respective descendants of Sandford and Kingsland for many years after their deaths.

Early Settlers of Bergen County

Some of the original settlers of what is now Bergen County were descendants of those who have been mentioned as having settled Hudson County. Others came from Manhattan Island, Long Island, New Harlem, Yonkers, Albany, Esopus, Kingston, and other already established settlements, while still others came direct from Europe.

The grant of section 1 to William Sandford, in 1668, as before stated, extended north as far as Boiling Springs near Rutherford. The northern half of this was released to Kingsland. In 1702 Elias Boudinot, a French Huguenot, purchased a large tract from the Kingslands, described as butting on the Passaic River, in Bergen County.

John and William Stagg, Bartholemew Feurst, Daniel Rutan, Jacob Van Ostrand, Cornelius Vanderhoff, Herpert Gerrebrants, John Varrick, David Provost, John Van Emburgh, Jacob Wallings (Van Winkle), and Henry Harding acquired title to portions of the tract in Bergen County, but the hulk of Kingsland's estate, at his death, passed by his will to his near relatives, who settled on it and retained it for many years.

In 1668 Captain (afterward Major) John Berry received from Governor Carteret a patent for section 2, being all the lands between the Hackensack and Saddle Rivers for a distance of six miles north from Sandford's purchase, or nearly as Far as Cherry Hill, on the New Jersey and New York Railroad. Berry settled and built his home mansion on the southerly part of this tract, and on his death, most of it passed to the ownership of his heirs.

Part IV – East Jersey’s Earliest Settlements

Adapted from John E. Pomfret, The New Jersey Proprietors and Their Lands, 1664-1776 (Princeton, 1964) and John P. Snyder, The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries, 1606-1968 (Trenton, 1969).

Bergen, 1661/1665 – Originally settled by the Dutch as part of the New Netherland colony and incorporated by Peter Stuyvesant in 1661. Settlements included Harsimus and Communipaw (parts of Jersey City), and Pemrepaugh (part of Bayonne). In November 1665, thirty-two residents took the oath of allegiance to the proprietors—the first settlers in New Jersey to do so. Chartered as Bergen Township under Governor Carteret on 22 September 1668. From 1667 to 1670, huge purchases were made in the Bergen area with the approbation of Carteret by speculators from Barbados, namely William Sandford, Nathaniel Kingsland and John Berry. The area was called “New Barbadoes”; certain grants were within the boundaries of Newark (see below).

Elizabeth-Town Map 1600s

East Jersey Counties during the Proprietary Period:

Bergen – Established 7 March 1683. In 1693, formally divided into Bergen and Hackensack Townships. New Barbadoes added from Essex County in 1710.

Essex – Established 7 March 1683. In 1693, formally divided into townships of New Barbadoes & Acquackanonk (a single township), Newark and Elizabeth-Town.

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The Kingsland Manor is open to visitors on scheduled open house days - the third Sunday of the month, as available - between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M.

Private tours are also available upon request.

The Manor is also used by the public for general social events, meetings and by Nutley’s senior citizens.

Musical and other events also take place there as do classroom visits by local elementary school children and scout groups.

Museum events are posted on the Township website at

Kingsland Manor, photo courtesy Nutley Historical Society collection

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The Nutley Board of Commissioners, the members of The Historic Restoration Trust, the citizens of Nutley and all those who will visit and use this historic site thank you for your interest in The Kingsland Manor. We hope you will return often.

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