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Friday, April 07, 2006

A View from Prospect Hill Looking West Published in 1887

As regular readers of the Historic Pelham Blog know, I have been working for several months to assemble information about the little hamlet that developed within the Town of Pelham in the early 1850s known as "Prospect Hill Village". For examples of recent postings on the topic published to the Historic Pelham Blog, see:

Tuesday, April 4, 2006: More Information About the Prospect Hill Village Association Formed in the Early 1850s

Wednesday, March 30, 2005: Prospect Hill Village -- Yet Another Early Hamlet Within the Town of Pelham

Monday, November 21, 2005: Prospect Hill and Pelhamville Depicted on the 1868 Beers Atlas Map of Pelham - Part I

Recently I acquired a copy of a wonderful book published in 1887 that contains a host of engraved images showing scenes in and around today's Pelham Bay Park (see citation below). Included among those images is one showing a view from "Prospect Hill, Looking Westward". The image appears immediately below.

I have not yet determined precisely from where the view was taken, but I suspect that the roadway with the split rail fence in the foreground is Split Rock Road. In the distance seems to be the steeple of St. Paul's Church (now Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY, 10550).

This image makes clear how idyllic the area around Prospect Hill in today's Village of Pelham Manor was in the 19th century. Its beauty also shows why the area attracted one of the earliest real estate developments in the area in the early 1850s.

Source: Mullaly, John, The New Parks Beyond the Harlem (NY, NY: Record & Guide 1887) (172 pp.).

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