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Friday, February 16, 2007

1802 Advertisement May Show Image of Pelham Farmhouse

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A tiny engraving published in 1802 in the Mercantile Advertiser published in New York City 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. I noted the possible existence of any even earlier such image in the following posting:

Wednesday, August 31, 2005: Depiction of Pelham Farmhouse Published in 1794.

The image, which appears below, was published as part of a small classified advertisement that offered a 130-acre farm located in the Town of Pelham for sale. It shows a tiny, saltbox-style farmhouse near a large shade tree with chimneys at each end, a shingle roof, and a fence. There are two windows visible on to the right of the front door and one window visible to its left. 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 is at least possible that it is. The entire text of the advertisement appears beneath the image below, followed by a citation to its source.


A FARM of about 130 acres, in the county of West Chester, Manor Pelham, about 17 or 18 miles from New-York. The old Boston road and the new Turnpike both run through it. There is a considerable quantity of good wood-land on said Farm, several excellent bearing orchards and plenty of good meadow. There are on the premises, a dwelling house and barn and other outhouses. Also, a good cyder-mill, and two wells excellent water, and otherways well watered. The Farm is under good cultivation, within one and a half mile from the two public landings of East Chester and New-Rochelle, a handsome situation for a country seat, and well worth the attention of persons wanting such a place. It will be sold at public auction on the premises, on Wednesday the 10th March next, at 12 o'clock; and being an undivided estate, it will be sold without reserve for cash, and possession given on the first of April next.

N.B. For further particulars, enquire of ELI GUYON in New-Rochelle, near the Church, or STEPHEN RICH, no. 32 Barclay street, New-York. February 9. 1 mo"

Source: A Farm For Sale, Mercantile Advertiser, Feb. 10, 1802, Issue 2969, p. 2, col. 2.

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