1737, sessions alternated between Tappan and Goshen. Rockland County was built in Tappan. It was used as a school until 1860. There would not be another school in the county until late in the 18th century. Orangetown Resolutions were adopted in 1774 at the home and inn of Loyalist Yoast Mabie, a Dutch colonial house built by his cousin Casparus Mabie in Tappan when Great Britain increased its taxes on tea and crops, prompting protest from local patriots on Monday, July 4 1774, two years to the date before adopting the Declaration of Independence. "Mabie's Inn" was the place of confinement of British Major John André, who plotted with American General Benedict Arnold to surrender West Point to the British.
Today the house is use as a restaurant operating daily as the "The Old '76 House."George Washington, who in 1789 became the first president of the United States, used the 1700 DeWint House, Rockland County's oldest existing structure in Tappan as his headquarters four times and dined at The Old '76 House during the American Revolution. John André, who conspired with Benedict Arnold to buy the plans for the fortifications at West Point to the British, was captured in Tarrytown on his way back to the British lines with the plans. Major John André was brought to Tappan and confined at "The Old 76 House" and brought to trial at the Reformed Church of Tappan; he was found guilty, hanged and buried nearby.
Strickland, Major André's executioner, who was confined at the camp in Tappan as a dangerous Tory during André's trial, was granted liberty for accepting the duty of hangman and returned to his home in the Ramapo Valley or Smith's Clove and no further knowledge of him is known.
Joshua Hett Smith who was connected with Major André with the attempted treason was also brought to trial at the Reformed Church of Tappan. The trial lasted four week and ended in acquittal for lack of evidence.Cereo, first baby food, was manufactured by Macy Deming at the Haring Adams (Deming) House. Tappan Fire Department 100th anniversary was celebrated on October 13 2007 with a Mardi Gras-style parade, complete with beaded necklaces and confetti.
Located on 110 Main St, Tappan, just past the village green near the center of town is "America's Third Oldest Public House" - The Old '76 House, one of America's oldest taverns. It is of particular interest to Maybee/Mabie/Mabee researchers. The Maybees were a much-divided family during the American Revolutionary War. Casparus Mabie, a cousin of the Loyalist Maybees, built The Old '76 House, then known as "Mabie's Inn", the home of Yoast Mabie in 1755. The Orangetown Resolutions were adopted at Yoast Mabie's home on July 4 1774, two years prior to the date of adopting the Declaration of Independence.
The Old '76 House was often used during The American Revolutionary War. Through its long use as a meeting place for patriots, it established itself as safe ground for Americans in the midst of the revolution and also served as the "prison" of the Revolution's most notorious spy as denoted by the historical marker in the front, Major John André.
The Old '76 House, although often referred to as "André's Prison", was not a real prison nor used as a place of incarceration for anyone before or since.
The Old '76 House was expanded in 1755 to accommodate stage coach passengers, and has been a place of shelter for tired travelers for more than three hundred years. It has accommodated, on various occasions, every General of the west wing of the Continental Army, including Commander-in-Chief General George Washington, who, with his chief provisioner Samuel Fraunces, owner of Fraunces Tavern in New York City, dined in the comfortable atmosphere of the House.
There were 2,261 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.6% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 13.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the region the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the area was $86,435, and the median income for a family was $91,827. Males had a median income of $57,750 versus $40,707 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,811. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.