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Friday, August 17, 2007

Advertisement Offering Alexander Henderson's Island Estate To Let Published in 1807

Alexander Henderson once owned the island that later became known as Hunter's Island (now connected to the mainland by the Orchard Beach parking lot in Pelham Bay Park). I have posted quite a number of items to the Historic Pelham Blog about Alexander Bampfield Henderson. For a few examples, see:

Thursday, April 6, 2006: Alexander Bampfield Henderson: "Lone Lord of the Isle"

Friday, March 31, 2006: Text of 1804 Will of Alexander Henderson, Owner of the Island Later Known as Hunter's Island

Friday, February 24, 2006: Notice of Settlement of the Estate of Alexander Henderson of Pelham in 1805

Tuesday, August 8, 2006: The "Old Stone House" on Hunter's Island

Alexander Henderson died in 1805. Two years later, his island estate was offered for rent in advertisements published in local newspapers. One such advertisement appears immediately below. Interestingly, the advertisement references "an excellent two story House (in the best repair" on the premises. The house, I believe, is the one about which I wrote on August 8, 2006 in my posting entitled "The 'Old Stone House' on Hunter's Island". I have included a photograph of that house following the quotation of the real estate advertisement below. The house was razed in the 1930s.

"TO LET, from the 1st of April next, a FARM in the town of Pelham, and county of West Chester, 19 miles from the City of New-York, lately the residence of Alexander Henderson, Esq. deceased -- containing 250 Acres of Land. On the premises is an excellent two story House (in the best repair) commanding one of the most extensive, beautiful, and variegated prospect on the Sound. Also, all the necessary Offices, with a good Garden and Orchard. For terms enquire of Mr. John S. McKnight, No. 62 Courtland-street, New-York, or of Robert Ross, Eas Chester [sic]. Jan. 5 1m*"

Source: To Let, The New-York Evening Post, Jan. 6, 1807, Issue 1584, p. 2, col. 2.

Below is a photograph of what I believe is the house referenced in the above-quoted advertisement.

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