Gilsenan and Company Realtors

Gilsenan and Company Realtors

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Our Ho-Ho-Kus story commenced generations before the three hundred years we have celebrated. It began with the native Americans, the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indians), who lived here, walk the paths, fished the streams, hunted the forests and toiled the land. The Lenni Lenape tribe had three sub-divisions - the Unamis , the Unalachtigo and the Minsies. The Minsies settled in the northern part of New Jersey. In the coming years the chief of the tribe then decided to live in peace with the Dutch and English settlers of his land which created and easing of the way for quiescent settlement of Bergen County.

No one knows when they first inhabited the area. We do know, however, that most of the native Americans left New Jersey about 1730. Subsequently there was a treaty with the Minsies in 1758 whereby they relinquished all the land under their jurisdiction but reserved the right to hunt and fish. During the latter years of residency here, more immigrants who were Dutch, English and Polish joined them.

Although there are family histories and church records about early pioneers, on the earliest written notices that specifically mentions Ho-Ho-Kus is the 1698 Van Emburgh deed. It records the purchase, for thirty-two pounds ten shillings, of half of a 500-acre patent of land. By the document, it permits us to celebrate over 300 years of settlement of the Township of Ho-Ho-Kus. .

Many ask "What is the meaning of Ho-Ho-Kus?' It is of Indian origin and perhaps the most accepted definition is a Delaware Indian term meaning "Red Cedar".

Much time and growth has happened to our community since 1698, but there is no doubt that Ho-Ho-Kus is deep rooted in the annals of history. Ho-Ho-Kus is many things to many people. But, to everyone, it is peaceful, secure and protected. The community consists of a friendly, diverse population that is family oriented. Ho-Ho-Kus is a great place to live.

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