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The Davids/Stephens/Hawes/Rockefeller House

Question: What’s the only continuously occupied colonial-era residence in Sleepy Hollow, NY? (Aside from the obvious Philipsburg Manor, which is no longer a private residence, and could be argued, is … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · 14 Comments

The Search for Farcus Hott

On the frigid night of November 17, 1777 a sixteen-year-old boy named Cornelius Van Tassel Jr. fled his family’s home in terror. Breaking through the ice of a frozen river … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 27 Comments

Edward Farrington’s Lost Postcards of the Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills

Edward Farrington was a druggist who operated a pharmacy on Beekman Ave. in Sleepy Hollow NY in the early 1900s. He was also a publisher of postcards featuring local landmarks in the Tarrytown … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 4 Comments

Tarrytown Heights to Tower Hill – Old Putnam Line

In my previous post I discussed the beginnings of the Old Putnam Line through Pocantico Hills, NY. After the demolition of the Eastview Trestle the railroad line was re-routed along a sweeping … Continue reading

October 5, 2011 · 14 Comments

The Eastview Trestle

This is the first in a series of articles about the New York Central Railroad’s Putnam Division, commonly known as the ‘Old Putnam Line’, and it’s various routes through Pocantico … Continue reading

September 21, 2011 · 21 Comments

How to get to Raven Rock

Since writing a blog post about Raven Rock last April, I’ve received several requests from courageous explorers wishing to visit the “dark glen at Raven Rock” to post detailed hiking … Continue reading

September 6, 2011 · 4 Comments

Kykuit Trivia Time!

As far as we know, Kykuit, the Rockefeller family’s estate in Pocantico Hills NY, has never been used as the location for any commercial film or television production. Simply put, the family … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 5 Comments

I’m giving a public lecture!

That’s right folks… on Tuesday July 19th my colleague Tom Rose and I will be giving a public lecture at the Greenburgh Public Library on the history of the Rockefeller … Continue reading

July 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

John Dean Rock

Let’s start with an image: John Dean was a farmer in the town of Mount Pleasant NY during the time of the American Revolution, and narrowly missed becoming one of … Continue reading

June 1, 2011 · 13 Comments

Come to Kykuit this summer!

Kykuit (a Dutch word meaning Lookout) is the Beaux-Arts style home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Kykuit is now a National Trust for Historic Preservation site open to … Continue reading

May 13, 2011 · 5 Comments

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