Van Cortlandt Mansion

Van Cortlandt Mansion (HM10EC)

Location: Melbourne, NY 10471 Bronx County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 53.458', W 73° 53.694'

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Designated Landmark New York City

Here 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.

Plaque provided by the New York Community Trust, 1975
HM NumberHM10EC
Year Placed1975
Placed ByNew York Community Trust
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 593094 N 4527241
Decimal Degrees40.89096667, -73.89490000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 53.458', W 73° 53.694'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 53' 27.48" N, 73° 53' 41.64" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6025 Broadway, Melbourne NY 10471, US
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