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Warner House on Constitution Island
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
West Point Military Academy
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)446-8676
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The lovely old house on Constitution Island was the home of the Warner family from 1836 to 1915. Susan and Anna Warner were well known writers in the 19th century. Susan wrote "The Wide, Wide World" in 1850 which became a best seller of its day. Anna is best known for writing the words to the hymn "Jesus Loves Me". The sisters taught Bible classes to West Point cadets for forty years.

The oldest part of the Warner House includes a thick stone wall existing from Revolutionary War days. The Victorian wing of eight rooms was built by Henry Warner in 1836 when he moved his family from New York City to the island. The house is furnished with original Warner family possessions. The Warner House is a living museum and is kept as nearly as possible as it was when Miss Anna Warner lived there until her death in 1915.

Two tours a day, every Wednesday and Thursday at 1 and 2pm from June thru September. Tour includes boat ride to and from island. Guided tour of Revolutionary War fortifications and seventeen room Warner House. Reservations required. Admission: Constitution Island Association, Box 41, West Point 10996 or call between 10 and 11:30 am.

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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
84 Liberty Street
Newburgh, 12550
Orange County
(845)562-1195
FAX: (845)561-1789
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General George Washington's longest stay at a Revolutionary War Headquarters occurred in Newburgh (1782-83) at the Hasbrouck family's Dutch style stone farm house. Adjacent museum features orientation video and galleries on the Continental Army's activities in the Hudson Valley. Braille tour available at museum building.

Hours of Operation
Open mid April thru October on Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 10 to 5 and Sundays from 1 to 5, the rest of the year by appointment.

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Aaron Copeland House
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
Cortlandt Manor, 10566
Westchester County
(914)788-4659
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The Rock Hill estate was home to the famous composer from 1960-1990, and is now a creative music center.

Hours of Operation
Open by appointment only.

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Blauvelt House
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
20 Zukor Road
New City, 10956
Rockland County
(845)634-9629
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The 1832 Jacob Blauvelt dutch-style house showing collections of 19th and 20th century furnishings.

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Boscobel Restoration
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
1601 Route 9D
Garrison, 10524
Putnam County
(845)265-3638
FAX: (845)265-4405
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Venture into the 19th Century and experience life as it was in the days of the New Republic. Enjoy unsurpassed views of the Hudson River and West Point and see "the most beautiful home in America," surrounded by exquisite formal gardens and meticulously kept lawns and grounds. Boscobel is a restored Federal period house overlooking the river with period furniture and decorative arts and gardens. Open daily except Tuesdays from 10 to 5, closed Jan-March. Tours available, last tour at 4:15.

Hours of Operation
April to October. Mansion tours 10am to 4pm.
November and December. Mansion tours 10am to 3:15PM.

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Brick House Mansion
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
Route 17K
Montgomery, 12549
Orange County
(845)457-4921
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Seven generations worth of furnishings fill this 1768 Georgian home. The home is surrounded by landscaped flower beds. The barn, built circa 1800, is the location of the Orange County Farmers Museums, which contains antique farm equipment. The Brick House is open starting in late May thru beginning of October on Saturday & Sunday from 10-4:30, and is opened specially to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Bull Stone House, The
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
183 County Route 51
Campbell Hall, 10916
Orange County
(845)496-2855
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1722 fieldstone homestead continuously occupied by the Bull family for 10 generations. Original furnishings. Only New World Dutch Barn in the county. Both on National Register of Historic Places. Tours Mon-Sat by appointment

Hours of Operation
By appointment only.

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Bush Homestead
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
479 King Street
Port Chester, 10573
Westchester County
(914)939-8918
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Pre-Revolutionary War home, circa 1750, home of Abraham Bush and served as the headquarters of General Israel Putnam, 1777-1778.

Hours of Operation
Open by appointment.

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, 10536
Westchester County
(914)232-1252
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Musical performances include the annual summer Caramoor International Music Festival. Guided house tours of the mansion.

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Crawford House
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
189 Montgomery Street
Newburgh, 12550
Orange County
(845)561-2585
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Operated by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Built in 1830, the house is modeled after English country houses of the Palladian tradition. Enjoy spectacular views of Newburgh Bay and the fine collection of Hudson River sloop and steamboat models.

Hours of Operation
Open 1-4pm on Sundays from end of April through October.

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Cropsey Farm Market & Garden Center
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
Corner of Little Tor Road & Red Hill Road
New City, 10956
Rockland County
(845)634-2498 or
(845)634-1545
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Built around 1760 by the Blauvelt brothers. Today, Cropsey is very modern in its farming approach with a Garden Center and Produce store.

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Cudner-Hyatt House
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
937 Post Road
Scarsdale, 10583
Westchester County
(914)723-1744
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1734 restored farmhouse run by the Scarsdale Historical Society as a museum featuring furnishings from the middle of the 19th century and Victorian gardens. Also the Quaker Meeting House moved from Quaker Ridge in the late 1970s, housing a museum with changing exhibits and a lecture series.

Hours of Operation
Open year round M-F 10am-4pm, weekends by appointment.

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DeWint House
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
20 Livingston Avenue
Tappan, 10983
Rockland County
(845)359-1359
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The newly restored house, built in 1700, served as Washington's headquarters during the espionage trial of British Major John Andre. Also on the site is a carriage house museum containing paintings, Washington memorabilia and artifacts from a recent on-site dig. Call for hours.

Hours of Operation
Closed Thanksgiving, New Year's and Christmas.

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Dr. Davies Farm
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
Box 146, Dr. Davies Road
Congers, 10920
Rockland County
(845)268-7020
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Pick your own apples. Farm stand with seasonally fresh vegetables. Open September thru October.

Hours of Operation
Open daily through picking season.

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Edmonston House 1755
Business Type: Historic Homes & Estates
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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