Designated Landmark New York CityHere in 1781, to deceive the British, General George Washington kept campfires burning in the area surrounding the house while he gained time for safe withdrawal of his troops across the Hudson River. The property on which this magnificent manor house is set was long owned by the Van Cortlandt family. To the north is Vault Hill, the family burial ground and vault. It was in this vault that the City records of New York were supposedly hidden and preserved during the Revolutionary War. The architectural importance of this mid-18th century Georgian manor house is found in its vigorous, straightforward design, using random fieldstone with brick window enframements, a feature typical of many New York masonry buildings of the period, and unusual faces carved on the keystones.
|Placed By||New York Community Trust|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 593094 N 4527241|
|Decimal Degrees||40.89096667, -73.89490000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 53.458', W 73° 53.694'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 53' 27.48" N, 73° 53' 41.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6025 Broadway, Melbourne NY 10471, US|
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