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Monday, October 01, 2007

Pelham Manor, A Lovely Summer Resort of the 1890s

There was a time when New Yorkers viewed Pelham Manor as a lovely, breezy summer resort and playground for the wealthy. Even as late as the 1890s, during the summer Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls converted its lovely school buildings into guest cottages filled with vacationers who enjoyed life in the little community on Long Island Sound.

A quaint article describing Pelham Manor as a resort appeared in a New York City newspaper in 1896. The text of the article, and a citation to its source, appear below.

A Fashionable and Secluded Resort on the Sound.

PELHAM MANOR, N. Y., July 11.-All the houses and cottages at the Manor are occupied by their owners or leased to tenants. The buildings of the Hazen School have been turned into a Summer inn and are filled with guests.

The Manor is one of the most secluded localities on the Sound. Its principal residence section lies between the branch line and the main line of the New-York, New-Haven and Hartford Railway, along a boulevard shaded by magnificent elms, chestnuts, oaks, and maples. The Manor Clubhouse, occupying a site near the centre of population, forms a pleasant place for assemblages and social meetings. There are several fine tennis courts and golf links in the village. No trade is carried on inside the manor limits.

Among the persons occupying houses here at present are Robert C. Black, H. B. B. Stapler, James M. Townsend, John Cunningham Hazen, Benjamin F. Corlies, W. D. Baker, Frederick Allen, Barton S. Weeks, James F. Secor, Joseph Arthur, E. T. Gilliland, and Mrs. Rufus Hatch."

Source: The Summer at Pelham Manor, N. Y. Times, Jul. 12, 1896, p. 20.

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