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Edmonston House 1755
Business Type: African American History
1042 Route 94
Vails Gate, 12584
Orange County
(845)561-5073
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Restored 1755 stone house, blacksmith shop, slave quarters and exhibits. General Arthur St. Clair stayed at house during Revolutionary War. FREE, donations accepted.

James Edmonston, a blacksmith, emigrated with his wife Margaret, from County Tyrone, Ireland, to Plymouth, Mass. in 1720. He found his way to Orange County, New York where he purchased two hundred acres from Widow Ingoldsby in 1727. On his land he built a log cabin; it was the only structure between that part of New Windsor and Washingtonville with the exception of numerous Indian wigwams. The two children of James and Margaret were born in the cabin. William, the only son, built the stone house in 1755 and a number of years later made an addition on to the eastern end. William married Jane Sutherland and they had four daughters and three sons. When William died in 1803 his will revealed that the house was left to his four daughters. This may explain why the house was divided into two separate residences.

At the time of the American Revolution both James and William were too old for military service. William, however, carted wood for the army and, having been a long-time resident of the area, was asked to accompany George Washington and Col. Timothy Pickering in selecting a camp for the soldiers. It is claimed that he opened the large door of the east kitchen and pointed to a trail due north of his property and that area did indeed become "The Last Encampment" of the Continental Army. The Edmonston House was used as a medical headquarters and hospital store and quartered General Gates and General Arthur St. Claire for a time. Dr. Thatcher quoted in his journal a dinner he enjoyed at Edmonston House on December 15, 1782, where "our entertainment was ample and elegant." Within the months that followed the soldiers dug up most of William's potatoes and helped themselves to fifteen of his hogs. All-in-all the Edmonston family provided much to the benefit of the army.

As the years passed the house existed in its divided state and was occupied by numerous decendents. When the house was sold in 1903 the buyer purchased both sections and broke down the wall between them. Great deterioration began to occur over time. Starting in 1928, the building was used as a commercial store for used car parts; dilapidated cars surrounded the property. Electricity, heat and water were installed.

In 1960, COL Frederick Todd, a member of the National Temple Hill Association, purchased the house and some of the land. The Edmonston House was restored after much research and the assistance of architect Raymond F. Ruge. The exterior walls, interior woodwork, stairs and some of the flooring are original.  Old materials were used where replacement was necessary.

The National Temple Hill Association became the owner in 1971. Some of the items in the rooms are memorials contributed by association benefactors. An 18th century chest was purchased in 1976 as part of the Marion Mailler Memorial Collection along with an early 18th century tavern table, a  rush seat chair and a restored Windsor chair. The Queen corner cupboard is a Hudson Valley piece given by the Hilma Robinson estate in 1982. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shaw donated the Robert Burnet Collection (including his original desk)  displayed on the second floor of the house.

Two outbuildings have been reconstructed on the property. One is a blacksmith shop, appropriate to the trade of James Edmonston. The second is a stone building, representing a slave quarters that was moved from an estate further east. The Edmonstons were slave owners.

Members of the National Temple Hill Association serve as guides. The house is open for visitors on Sundays during the summer months. Come visit this lovely stone house which is on the National Register of Historic Houses.

Hours of Operation
Open July thru September on Sundays from 2 to 5.

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First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown
Business Type: African American History
2880 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, 10598
Westchester County
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In 1781 the First Rhode Island Regiment, a mostly black force led by Col. Christopher Greene, was killed defending Pines Bridge from the British. The soldiers were buried in unmarked graves in the nearby churchyard of the Presbyterian Church.

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Foster Memorial AME Zion Church
Business Type: African American History
90 Wildey Street
Tarrytown, 10591
Westchester County
(914)631-2002
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Amanda and Henry Foster, Rev. Jacob Jimmerson founded Foster Memorial African Methodis Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Tarrytown in 1860.

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Friends Meeting House
Business Type: African American History
420 Quaker Road
Chappaqua, 10514
Westchester County
(914)238-3170
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Friends Meeting House erected in 1753. On November 10, 1776 after the Battle of White Plains George Washington was in this vicinity with a part of his army and placed his wounded soldiers in the meeting house. The bodies of the patriots who died here for their country were buried in the nearby cemetery. The Society of Friends continue to meet here and all are welcome.

Hours of Operation
Or by appointment.

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John Jay Heritage Center
Business Type: African American History
210 Boston Post Road
Rye Brook, 10573
Westchester County
(914)698-9275
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Boyhood home of American founding father John Jay; includes the 1838 Peter Augustus Jay House, a masterpiece of Greek Revival architecture. Tours , exhibitions, lectures and events. Brochures for the Boston Post Road Historic District walking tour available.

Hours of Operation
Carriage House with site history exhibit open Monday-Thursday 10am till 4pm. House open by appointment during renovations.

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John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
Business Type: African American History
400 Route 22
Katonah, 10536
Westchester County
(914)232-5651
FAX: (914)232-8085
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Residence of America's first US Supreme Court Chief Justice and his descendants. Furnished rooms in the Federal style home tell the story of Jay, his family and their lifestyles in the new republic. Visit their formal garden and herb gardens.

Hours of Operation
April to October.
November hours Tue-Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 11am-3pm. Call for Holiday and winter events. Groups year round by advance appointment only. Grounds open all year.

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Locust Lawn and Terwilliger House
Business Type: African American History
400 Route 32
Gardiner, 12525
Ulster County
(845)255-1660
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This Federal style mansion was built by Colonel Josiah Hasbrouck in 1814, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, member of the House of Representatives during the terms of Adams and Jefferson and one of the major landholders of Ulster County. An outstanding feature of the house is its marbelized plaster walls. Next door, the Terwilliger House, built in 1738 by Evert Terwilliger and his wife Sarah Freer, is a wonderful example of the Hudson River Valley, French Huguenot and Dutch architecture. The Terwilligers, along with their slaves, are buried in the small cemetery on the crest of the hill east of the house. A farm museum is also on the site. Open May thru September on Wednesday thru Sunday from 10 to 4. Also open in October for school and charter tours. Call in advance as the schedule is not constant.

Hours of Operation
Tours by appointment only.

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Patriot's Park
Business Type: African American History
Route 9
Tarrytown, 10591
Westchester County
(914)631-1705
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In 1853 a monument was erected to the three captors of John Andrea, a British spy who conspired with Benedict Arnold to steal the plans for West Point during the Revolution, on land donated by freed black slaves William and Mary Taylor.

Hours of Operation
Open daily 9am till dusk.

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Philipsburg Manor - Upper Mills
Business Type: African American History
Route 9
Sleepy Hollow, 10591
Westchester County
(914)631-3992
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Philipsburg Manor is a working 18th century farm. It features a stone manor house filled with a collection of 17th and 18th century furnishings, a working water powered grist mill and millpond, an 18th century barn and an 18th century style herb and kitchen garden.

In 1693, Frederic Philipse, a carpenter who rose to become the richest man in the colony of New York, was granted a charter for 52,000 acres along the Hudson River in what is now Westchester County, by King William and Queen Mary of Great Britain. At this site, the Upper Mills, he established an 18th century commercial center operated by enslaved Africans. His descendants chose the loosing side in the American Revolution and fled to England. The estate was seized by the new American government, broken apart, and sold at auction.

The Manor is open to the public daily, except Tuesdays, from March thru December.

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours: open daily 10am till 5pm, except Tuesdays
Winter Hours (Nov - Dec): 10am till 4pm daily except Tuesdays. Closed January & February. March Sat & Sun 10am till 4pm.

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Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Business Type: African American History
29 Wharburton Avenue
Yonkers, 10701
Westchester County
(914)965-4027
FAX: (845)965-6485
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A National Historic Landmark and official project of Save America's Treasures, this high-style Georgian mansion, built in stages between 1680 and 1755 was home to the wealthy Loyalist, Frederick Philipse III. Features an original 1750's papier-mache ceiling and 1868 Gothic Chamber.

Hours of Operation
Open April-October Tuesday thru Sunday from Noon till 5pm; November-March Thursday thru Sunday noon till 4pm. Group by appointment.

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Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
Business Type: African American History
897 South Columbus Avenue
Mount Vernon, 10550
Westchester County
(914)667-4116
FAX: (914)667-3024
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The site consists of the restored Colonial church (1763-87), historic village green, cemetery and the Bill of Rights Museum dedicated to freedom of religion, press and John Peter Zenger trial. A National Park Service property, Saint Paul's was declared a National Historic site in 1943. Cemetery tours April thru October on the last Sunday of each month.

Hours of Operation
Graveyard open daily dawn to dusk.

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Stony Hill Cemetery
Business Type: African American History
Buckout Road
Harrison, 10528
Westchester County
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Post-Revolutionary War emancipated (feed) slaves settled in the rough and stony hills where Harrison, New Castle and White Plains meet near Silver Lake.

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Underground Railroad History Project
Business Type: African American History
PO Box 10851
Albany, 12201
Albany County
(518)432-4432
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Wachina Trading Co.
Business Type: African American History
207 River Street
Troy, 12180
Rensselaer County
(518)526-3270
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Wachina, Named For A Native American Healing Device, Offers A Diverse Array Of Merchandise, From Skulls To Bullhorns To Antiques. Spec. In African And Indonesian Antiques.

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