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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

1807 Advertisement for Sale of 100-Acre Farm in Pelham

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The March 12, 1807 issue of New-York Commercial Advertiser contains a fascinating and detailed classified advertisement for the sale of a 100-acre farm located in the Township of Pelham. The advertisement is so detailed in describing the property that it provides an interesting glimpse of the sort of property maintained by early settlers in Pelham. The text of the advertisement appears below.

"A FARM - At Public or Private Sale.
FOR Sale, a FARM, in a pleasant and healthy situation, township of Pelham, county of Westchester, about 17 miles from New-York, about one mile from two public landings, from whence market boats ply weekly, about the same distance from two churches, an academy, post-office, grocery and dry good stores, useful mechanics, bakery, and butcher's stalls; in their season, shell and scale fish are to be had plenty, at reasonable prices. This farm contains upwards of one hundred acres, on which are a comfortable Dwelling house, two barns, a cider mill, and cider mill house, with a well of good water at the door of the mill house, and another well of excellent water at the door of the kitchen. There are five bearing apple orchards, a proportion of which is grafted pippins, which, in a fruitful season, will produce three hundred barrels cider, and saleable apples ; also a variety of other fruit trees. The farm is well divided into meadow, tillable and wood lots, the last of which is a great proportion. The farm is extremely well watered by living springs and running brooks ; the fence inclosing and dividing the same, is principally of stone ; and on the same is two handsome building spots, which command water prospects as well as an extensive view of the adjacent country. Adjoining the farm are four lots of land, about 20 acres, 9 of which are well covered with wood and timber, of excellent quality ; on this last mentioned place there is a handsome elevated building spot. The land of the famrs is considered of good quality. The title indisputable, and the terms of payment easy.

If the above are not sold by the 1st April, they will on that day be sold at Vendue, at Pinckney's Hotel, New-Rochelle. Possession on the first of April. For further information, apply to
New-Rochelle, March 12, 1807.
march 12 C&Spt1Ap"

Source: A FARM - At Public or Private Sale, New-York Commercial Advertiser, Mar. 12, 1807, p. 3.

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