Henry Tunis Smith Farm

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Henry Tunis Smith Farm
Henry Tunis Smith Farm is located in New York
Henry Tunis Smith Farm
Nearest city Nassau, New York
Coordinates 42°29′37″N 73°37′10″W / 42.49361°N 73.61944°W / 42.49361; -73.61944Coordinates: 42°29′37″N 73°37′10″W / 42.49361°N 73.61944°W / 42.49361; -73.61944
Area 162.5 acres (65.8 ha)
Built 1800
Architectural style Federal, Adamesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75001222[1]
Added to NRHP September 18, 1975

Henry Tunis Smith Farm, also known as the Middlebrook Farm, is a historic farmhouse located at Nassau in Rensselaer County, New York. The house was built in 1789 in the Federal style. It consists of a 1 12-story main block, five bays wide, with a 1-story, three-bay wing. The front facade features a finely detailed frieze.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

The house sits on a historic property that traces back to the 17th century Dutch estate "Rensselaerswyck".

Rensselaerswyck was a Dutch estate of approximately 1,200 sq. miles comprising the present Albany, Columbia and Rensselaer counties. The Dutch Patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer devised a solution to sustain the financial viability of the land without selling it. He divided the estate into parcels and granted tenants perpetual leases at moderate rates of about one percent of the land's output. Eventually, about 900 farms of 150 acres were established. The solution greatly increased the productivity for the land and generated large economic benefit for the entire Albany area.

The current farm property includes the original parcel leased from Van Rensselaer.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Doris Vanderlipp Manley and Shirley Dunn (undated). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Henry Tunis Smith Farm". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-11-21.  See also: "Accompanying nine photos".