Friends of VardenJanuary 13, 2016
The area currently known as Varden has been home to eight generations to the Shaffer family, beginning with John Shaffer in 1786. It is believed that John Shaffer was born in Germany in 1745. He left there as a stowaway. At the time of the American Revolution, he was living with his family in Orange County, New York and served with the Hawthorne Regiment of the Orange County Militia.