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The Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills purchased the historic Smith- Baldwin House at 460 South Beverwyck Road on February 3, 2013. The Township purchased the property with open space money for the price of $676,681.75 which included several artifacts that were in the Baldwin family. Present at the closing were Mayor James R. Barberio, Gabe Yaccorino, township grant administrator, Councilman Michael dePierro (liaison to the Open Space Committee), Randy Tortorello (town historian), Dean Donatelli, Esq. Below is a history about the house.

Home to founding families of Parsippany-Troy Hills including Alling, Paritt, Cobb, Smith, Baldwin

  • John Cobb Sr. owned the original property and was co-owner of Troy Forge c.1750. He married local Rhoda Smith.
  • Son John Cobb Jr. inherited the property. On his death, his son John Joline Cobb inherited the property and built the house c.1810.He later sold the house and 30 acres to Calvin Cook in 1819 for $3,750.
  • Lewis Davenport bought the house and 10.5 acres for 1 dollar in 1831. He sold the estate to Hiram Smith Jr. in 1833 for $2,040.
  • Smith married local Mary Allen Osborn in 1822. Their children and Col. Hiram Smith Sr. lived in the house.
  • The Colonel fought with Washington in the Revolutionary War and was an Honorary Pall Bearer for Washington's funeral. He was a Justice of the Peace, NJ Assemblyman, Morris Co Sheriff and Morris Co Judge. Also a Major in the NJ Militia and Col of same, a Trustee of the first board of The Parsippany Presbyterian Church and an incorporator of The Newark and Mt. Pleasant Turnpike. He was married to local Eleanor Parrett, daughter of Samuel Parrett and Eleanor Alling.
  • Hiram Smith Jr. was a successful dairy farmer and landowner. He had the right side addition built c.1854, in anticipation for the return of his daughter Eleanor and husband Elihu Doty, Christian Missionaries in Amoy, China. She died in 1858 days after her fourth child's birth. The child lived for 18 days. Both are buried in China. Doty and his three children moved into the house but he returned to China and died at sea on his return in 1865. The children lived in the addition until adulthood. The left side addition may have been built shortly after the right side It housed a new dining room and large butler's pantry and three rooms on the 2nd floor. To the left of this addition was a one-room wing set up for the dairy business and later removed by son Richard for a side porch.
  • Son Col John Condit Smith was chief quartermaster to Gen. Sherman during the Civil War. He bought the house across the street and raised his family there.
  • Son Richard Smith took over the farm and business on his father Hiram Jr.'s death in 1865. He married Emily S. White, a Mayflower descendant and had two daughters; Emily Caroline Smith and Marjorie White Smith. He made changes to the original part of the house by enlarging the doorway between the first floor rooms; changing moldings and windowpane sizes. He added a new kitchen, laundry room and toilet to the back of the left addition Richard died in 1891, his wife in 1904.
  • Daughter Marjorie married William E. Baldwin in 1902 and had five children. They had the doorway from the front of the left addition removed as well as the dumb-waiter from the old basement kitchen to the dining room. The roof was raised adding three more rooms to the attic; the original attic staircase was removed and a new one entering from the kitchen was built; a large picture window was added to the dining room.
  • Son Richard S. Baldwin married Mildred Hintz and had two daughters; Patricia and Anita. Richard inherited the house and property on his father's death in 1952. He had the old barns removed and a new three car garage built in 1964-65. He sold off parcels of the farm for new development with 3.5 acres left at his death in 2001. His daughter's inherited the estate.
  • Patricia and Anita sold the house to the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills in February 2013. The house and property was bought with the Morris County Open Space Trust Fund.

Architecture

  • House is a fine example of Federal architecture with Greek Revival and mid Victorian additions
  • Shows the evolution of a large rural country New Jersey house through 3 centuries
  • Very few changes made to additions both inside and outside
  • Mostly unchanged since early 20th century
  • Building is in very good condition with modern amenities
  • Modern 3 bay garage on property
  • Easily made ADA compliable to first floor

Future Use

  • Offices for The Township and/or non-profit associations
  • Reception rooms for official duties
  • Small public reception rentals
  • Township display areas
  • Open house during Township functions ( Harvest Festivals, etc.)
  • Heated garage space
  • Storage space
  • Environmental center
  • Archaeological possibilities

Restoration

  • House is eligible for State and County grants and also private grants
  • Restoration will be a long-term project
  • Preservation Plan made through County grant (2014)
  • Some restoration work made possible by Township workers