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Monday, July 31, 2006

Sale at Auction of P. L. Rogers Estate on Mainland Across from Hunter's Island in Pelham in 1869

On April 2, 1869 an advertisement appeared in the New York Herald published in New York City. The ad contained notice of a sale at auction of a portion of 175 acres of the estate of P. L. Rogers, deceased, in Pelham across from Hunter's Island.

Inspection of Plate 35 contained in the 1868 Beer's Atlas of Westchester County shows the approximate location of the Rogers Estate. A detail from that map appears immediately below. It seems to show an estate located primarily on the northwest side of Pelham Road (today's Shore Road) with a residence located near the road, a short roadway leading to a "Dock" located on the Sound and one oubuilding with a roadway leading from Shore Road near the house to the outbuilding and encircling it completely.

The text of the advertisement providing notice of the sale at auction of the estate appears immediately below.


Peremptory Sale.
Valuable Villa Plots
Westchester County Property,
to be sold at
Mott Haven railroad depot,
first station across the Harlem river,
Saturday, April 3, at 12 o'clock,
by direction of
Gerard M. Stevens, Esq., referee,
A portion of 175 acres of the
Estate of P. L. Rogers,

This desirable property is situated at Pelham adjoining Hunter's Island, and fronting on the Sound. It is distant eight miles from Harlem bridge, on the line of the Harlem and Portchester Railroad. Within two minutes' walk of the new Pelham depot.


It is beautifully laid out in plots varying fro 1 1/2 to 7 acres, fine soil, and lovely building sites on every plot. Neighborhood first class, with fine scenery on the Sound. Buyers and capitalists will do well to invest in the above property, in view of the improvements being carried out in that neighborhood. For maps and particulars inquire of CHARLES D. MOTT, 25 Pine street and at Fourth avenue, corner 125th st."

Source: At Auction, N.Y. Herald, Apr. 2, 1869, p. 8, col. 3.

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