Mid-Hudson NY Colonial turned Federal, then turned neo-Classical and Victorian farmhouse–is a country retreat in apple country–70 miles from New York City
This historic mid-Hudson New York Colonial turned Federal, neo-Classical then Victorian farmhouse is a registered National landmark. As a primary or second home this may be a welcome retreat from the busy city. The house is only a 70 miles by car or metro train from New York City.
Those who visit this historic mid-Hudson NY transitional farmhouse may re-discover or add their own family experiences to a home built over many generations.
The families who lived here had adapted their lives to many momentous events — first, braving the wilderness of an English colony in the ‘new world’, then the facing the uncertainty of a Revolutionary War and then the Civil War, two World Wars and three centuries of evolving American history. Rarely, will you find such an “authentic” American home in the mid-Hudson NY Orange County region of New York having endured so many transitions. It all happened naturally from one era and generation to the next. Each generation left behind its own life experience in the construction of the house. These transitions included many elements from Colonial, Federal, neo-classical and Victorian generations of American life. It all began quite modestly in a pioneer one room house on a homestead of 160 acres of farmland. Over time the farmers who lived here prospered. In the mid 1800s they added a grand center hall in the house. Over succeeding generations the house was remodeled to its times. Over many generations the house evolved into twelve rooms. The last two rooms, a modern kitchen and a new master bedroom and bath, were just recently added in the two empty areas of the house. The other parts of the house which were in place over these generations remain in place. Many of the rooms have their own distinct style particular to their time of construction. All that remains of the original pioneer house is the cellar which supports a small portion of the house today. It was converted into a Victorian parlor and a small office in the late 1800s. Next to the foundation of the original one room house sits a much larger cellar and basement for the rest of the house. The two original rooms may someday become a separate guest bedroom and living room or the private quarters of the owner proprietors of a bed and breakfast guest house. A portion of the original house’s interior wall is hidden inside the adjoining center hall wall when the center hall was constructed. This ‘wall within a wall’ is enclosed in a ‘secret panel’ in the center hall wall. All areas of the house have been restored to their original states of transition including the color of wall paint. The old pioneer kitchen remains the the same keeping room it was in the mid 1700s but now sits besides a new modern kitchen which until recently was an unimproved ’empty space’ in the house. The new kitchen now joins the old kitchen / keeping room as the house’s dining room with all the old keeping rooms fixtures and decor in place. Two and a half of the three and a half bathrooms in the house are also recent additions replacing two children’s small bedrooms. Two of the new bathrooms have ‘ole fashioned’ Victorian soaking tubs and are finished in the same Victorian decor in the rest of the rooms on the second floor, the wide-plank floor boards, wall tiles and fixtures. This historical generational house was the basis for its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The effect of these transitions may be difficult to grasp just reading about them.