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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Depiction of Pelham Farmhouse Published in 1794

A tiny engraving published in 1794 in Greenleaf's New York Journal and Patriotic Register may depict a tiny Pelham farmhouse. If so, it may be one of the earliest published views of any location in the Town of Pelham.

The image, which appears below, was published as part of a small classified advertisement that offered a 153-acre farm located in the Town of Pelham for sale. It shows a tiny, square farmhouse beneath a large shade tree with a fence and gate visible in the foreground along what appears to be a crude roadway. There are two windows visible on one side of the farmhouse. There can now be no certainty, of course, that the tiny image is an accurate depiction of the actual farmhouse on the property offered for sale, but it would seem likely that it is. The entire text of the advertisement appears beneath the image below.


A F A R M,

Lying in a commodious and pleasant situation, in the town of Pelham, in the county of Westchester, about 20 miles from New-York, containing 153 acres, whereon is a good dwelling-house, with a well of excellent water, and a complete large new barn, with other out-houses, and two good orchards. On the above farm is plenty of wood ; it is well watered, and is of a rich strong soil ; produces great crops of grass, and may, with ease, be made still more productive, from the continual supply of manure to be had from the salt meadows which adjoin it : Another great convenience attending this farm, arises from its being bounded, on one side, by East Chester Creek, which abounds with fish and fowl in great variety, and from whence passage boats are continually going to New-York market. For further particulars, apply to Hunt and Ward, No. 47, Water-Street, New-York, or to the subscriber, on the premises, who will give an indisputable title for the same.


August 21, 1793. [sic] 95-2aw.t.f."

Source: For Sale, A Farm, Greenleaf's New York Journal and Patriotic Register, Jan. 22, 1794, p. 1.

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