Asking $1.9M, this Hudson Valley home once hosted George Washington


Photo credit: Andrea B. Swenson

It’s not often that “pre-war” refers to the 1700s. This cozy historic home in the Rockland County hamlet of Palisades (formerly known as Snedens Landing) lays claim to hosting George Washington at a 1780 dinner–along with Marquis de Lafayette and Baron von Steuben–during the Revolutionary War. Asking $1,895,000, the quaint Meeting House, as it is called, constructed of local stone, is ready for a new round of celebrity guests with a rambling, shaded front porch, five fireplaces, and a country kitchen.

Just 30 minutes from New York City in a historic hamlet near the Hudson River and 3,000 acres of parkland, the historic English Manor house is situated on nearly two acres (the 2.7-acre lot next door can be purchased separately). Behind a 93-foot-long front porch and 23-inch-thick thick stone walls are four bedrooms, 10-foot ceilings with hand-hewn beams, 18th-century millwork, and wide pine board floors, all painstakingly restored by the current owners.

Through an entry hall with an 18th-century sidelight and transom windows, a cozy living room features a stone fireplace and the aforementioned preserved millwork. Massive beams and pine flooring frame the room.

A country kitchen is the perfect spot for gathering. Beyond is a large dining room with a colorful tiled fireplace and windows that overlook the verdant grounds.

The home’s four bedrooms lie beneath the eaves, enhanced by both historic and updated architecture including stone walls, sloping beams, and custom radiator covers. Treetop views that have likely changed little since the 18th century add to the feel of a country refuge beyond the reach of time.

There’s plenty of space to keep your 21st-century guests entertained, with rooms for sitting, work and play. Beautiful details enhance bold, colorful–and comfortable–new additions like skylights and built-in lighting.

In addition to the sprawling front porch, landscaped grounds surround the home. A side patio is perfect for al fresco dining beneath a trellis, looking out on the rolling lawns beyond. The Snedens Landing Historic District home is listed in the National and NYS Registry of Historic Places. Nearby amenities available to residents of this well-known artists’ enclave include the Snedens Landing Tennis Association and the Palisades Community Center.

[Listing details: 201 Route 9W by Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty]


Photo credit: Andrea B. Swenson


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