An 18th-century house damaged by fire in Teaneck this afternoon was the site of another tragedy centuries ago.
Now used as a Buddhist center, the River Road building near the banks of the Hackensack River was once owned by John Ackerman, a descendant of one of America’s earliest settlers.
Records show a granddaughter of the original “acre man,” Davd Ackerman, drowned in the river while playing on the grounds centuries ago. David Ackerman himself is said to have died shortly after arriving here.
This afternoon’s blaze, which firefighters had under control in under two hours, doesn’t appear suspicious, Teaneck Fire Capt. Joe Berchtold told CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM. For the full story, click HERE.