Even though the Dutch were known for building stone houses, many other homes and barns were built out of plentiful wood. The very early structures were usually plain and functional. Since farming was so prevalent, almost all of the very old structures in town are farmhouses or barns. The buildings will continue to stand if maintained properly but are much more prone to damage by the elements. Homeowners and businesses have done their part in maintaining historic structures.

In the 1876 building survey, Franklin Township is listed as having 90 homes, some mills, 2 schools, 4 blacksmith shops, a church, a hotel, and several stores. Many of the buildings (pictured and still standing) are listed in the Bergen County Historical Sites Survey, which periodically updates the county list of buildings with historic value.