Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Engraving by P.M. Pirnie Showing Pelhamdale in 1861

Pelhamdale, located at 45 Iden Avenue in Pelham Manor, is one of only two pre-Revolutionary War homes still standing in the Village of Pelham Manor. A portion of the home is believed to have been built circa 1750-1760. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been granted a New York State Historical Marker.

Occasionally I have published to the Historic Pelham Blog postings that deal with Pelhamdale. See, for example:

Monday, September 19, 2005: The Long-Hidden Pastoral Mural Uncovered in Pelhamdale, a Pre-Revolutionary War Home

Monday, April 11, 2005: More From the William R. Montgomery Glass Negative Collection (includes photograph of fire at Pelhamdale on February 28, 1925)

Today's Blog posting contains an image (below) of an engraving by P. M. Pirnie that shows Pelhamdale in about 1861.

Portions of the rear part of the ground floor of the home are believed to have been built circa 1750 - 1760 by Philip Pell II, a grandson of Thomas Pell, 3rd Lord of the Manor of Pelham. After the Revolutionary War, Col. David Pell, a son of Philip Pell II lived in the home. According to Lockwood Barr, who wrote a popular book on the history of Pelham in 1946, "Pelham Dale was one of the magnificent country estates of Westchester."

The print above, a copy of which is in the collection of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham, is significant because it is the only known image that shows the cupola on top of Pelhamdale -- long since removed.

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