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Monday, February 27, 2006

Another Description of the Farm of Rem Rapelje of Pelham Published in 1806

On August 24, 2005 I published to the Historic Pelham Blog a posting entitled "1807 Advertisement for Sale of Property of Rem Rapelje in Pelham". In it I quoted an advertisement offering the farm of recently-deceased Rem Rapelje for lease. The brief advertisement sheds light on what the farm was like.

While performing unrelated research, I recently ran across an earlier advertisement that provides some additional information about the farm. That advertisement is quoted below.

"TO LET, at Pelham, Westchester county, 19 miles from New-York by the Boston post road - a comfortable dwelling having 4 rooms with fire places, several attic rooms with garrett above all, a large spacious cellar under the whole house, a large kitchen joining the house by an enclosed passage with servants rooms above, a large dairy, a smoke house, a large coach house, with stables, a large garden with excellent fruit, two good meadows, one is covered with an orchard of the best grafted apples and pears, and a large pasture lot both fresh and salt, and privilege of wood, being altogether between 20 and 30 acres of land. This place is favorable for game and fish, having water near it on every side, and late the residence of R. Rapelje, deceased. . . . .

Apply to G. RAPELJE, no. 14 Vesey street
Feb 14"

Source: To Let, American Citizen, Feb. 19, 1806, p. 4.

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