Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Historic Site of the Week: Philipsburg Manor (see Map for all sites in New York State)

Historical Description: Fredrick Philipse established the Philipsburg Manor on 52,500 acres in 1693. Tenant farmers and African slaves worked the lands of the manor over its early history. A committed Loyalist during the Revolution, Fredrick Philipse III lost his manor after signing the Declaration of Dependence in 1776 and being arrested by General Washington. He eventually fled to England where he died a poor, broken man, showing how political views cost him and his fellow Loyalists their possessions and positions in society as well.

The Site: The Philipsburg Manor is a late seventeenth, early eighteenth century milling, farming, and trading complex owned by an Anglo-Dutch family of merchants. The site includes a stone manor house filled with period furnishings and a working water-powered gristmill and millpond. The grounds are also home to historic breeds of cattle, sheep, and chicken as well as an eighteenth century barn and slave garden. The site also includes a visitor center, a gallery with changing exhibits, a cafe, and a museum shop.

Directions: Philipsburg Manor is located on Route 9 in North Tarrytown, New York. Take the New York State Thruway (I-187) South; cross the Tappan Zee Bridge and exit immediately after the toll at Exit 9 North Route 9 Tarrytown. At the light at the bottom of the exit, turn right onto Route 9. Continue approximately 2 miles to Philipsburg Manor on left.

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