Abraham Dickerson Farmhouse

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Abraham Dickerson Farmhouse
Abraham Dickerson Farmhouse.jpg
The house undergoing some renovation in 2007
Location Town of Montgomery, NY
Nearest city Newburgh
Coordinates 41°34′20″N 74°15′11″W / 41.57222°N 74.25306°W / 41.57222; -74.25306Coordinates: 41°34′20″N 74°15′11″W / 41.57222°N 74.25306°W / 41.57222; -74.25306
Built late 18th century
Architectural style Federal style, Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 95001286[1]
Added to NRHP November 3, 1995

The Abraham Dickerson Farmhouse is a historic residence in the town of Montgomery in Orange County, New York, United States. It is located on West Searsville Road, which was originally the driveway to its entrance.

History[edit]

Abraham Dickerson emigrated to the Hudson Valley from Long Island during the 1760s. He married Anna Mould, the daughter of a prominent local family, bought land and built the house and a sawmill on the nearby Dwaar Kill, a tributary of the Wallkill River.[2] The sawmill ceased operations at the end of the century, and a member of another prominent local family, the Van Alsts, bought the house in 1829.[2] Renovations undertaken during this time were in the Greek Revival style then popular.

The rear ell of the house was designed to be a dancing parlor, and both the Dickersons and Van Alsts held many functions there on Saturday nights. When it was used as a boardinghouse in the 1920s, the dances were still well-attended enough that tenants were required to make sure it was available every week.[2]

After that time, the house fell into disuse and was abandoned.[2] It was renovated in the late 1970s[2] and added to the National Register in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Eurich, Robert C. and Williams, Robert L., Old Houses of Hanover: Historic Sites of the Town of Montgomery, Orange County, New York, Springhill Press, Middletown NY, 1994, p. 64