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28 Creble Road, Selkirk

Pieter Winne House

On the south side of Creble Road before it hits 9W is an early colonial Dutch house confirmed to be the oldest house in the Town of Bethlehem. Dating from ca. 1720 the original house was a Dutch urban style home rarely seen today. A stone and brick addition dates ca. 1740. The Winne homestead was built by Pieter D. Winne, grandson of the original settler who was known as "Pieter de Vlamingh," the Fleming from whom the Vloman Kill nearby traces its name. The original gable brick wall features fleur-de-lis wall anchors and a transom light over the door frame. Other portions of the house are original.

Four generations of Winnes lived here. An addition built in the 1750's was needed for Pieter Winne's maturing family; uses of a second addition built much later are uncertain. The Crebles bought the farm at auction in 1906 which was home to them for sixty years. Brian A. Parker, a Slingerlands native, is painstakingly restoring the home with hand blown glass from Germany and other historically faithful materials to recreate a Bethlehem treasure. He founded the Brian Parker Restoration Company and has restored several buildings in the Albany area and surrounding counties.

The Bethlehem Archeology Group headed by Floyd Brewer, Field Director, conducted a two-year dig here from 2000-2001. A large find of artifacts and research documented the age of the home and revealed much of early Dutch life. Artifacts can be seen at the Bethlehem Historical Association Museum.

Winne House

Source of photo: Van Woert, Rev. H. S. History of the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, New York. J. B. Lyon Printers, Albany, 1923. Pg. XI


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