Main Street – 196

The Simpson House

This home was owned by Francis Peterson Simpson (d. 1861) and his wife Charlotte (nee Vanderbilt). He was born in England came to this country and became a lumber and hardware merchant.  He constructed Washington Hall aka the Old Fellows Hall (see 192 Main Street).  His Son William was a graduate of Columbia Law School and was President of the Matawan Literary Society.

196-main-simpsonThis home at one time had an exotic variety of shrubs and imported plants coming from as far as the Asia.

Simpson’s daughter, Mrs. Charles (Elizabeth) Wardell, inherited the house after his death.

Washington Hose Company was at one time next to this house.

For many years, it was a dental office owned by Dr. William Pengel.

This residence is currently an office building.

Item of Interest: this building had a brick façade, but it was covered up by aluminum siding.

Architectural Notes

Built c. 1800 (Porch 1890). Federal Elements with Queen Anne additions. Later Federal doorway with Ionic order columns and pilasters. Lights on both sides and transom.


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