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Historic Houses in NYC

by Annie Bergen, 04/23/2013

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  • Van Cortlandt House Museum
    Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway and West 246th Street, 718-543-3344, Kingsbridge, Bronx
    "George Washington slept here" rings true for the Van Cortlandt House, the oldest in the Bronx. A grand Georgian manor built of fieldstone, the house was occupied at various points by both the Continental and British armies during the Revolutionary War. Its original purpose, though, was as the home to the wealthy Van Cortlandt family, who built it in 1748 and established a wheat plantation with vast milling operations on the property. The house boasts distinctive characteristics, such as exceptionally tall windows on the first and second floors. Visitors can view elaborately decorated rooms containing many 18th- and 19th-century items, including cupboards with the family's original Chinese dinner service.

    Don't Miss: the 18th-century musical quarter-chiming tall case clock with six distinct chimes.

    Holiday Fun:
    December 7, 6:30–7:30pm
    Santa Claus Pajama Story Time 
    Kids can wear comfy pj's to this storytelling event, which features a reading of the poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (more properly known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas"). Visitors can expect hot cocoa and, of course, a visit from Santa. RSVP by calling 718-543-3344.

    December 15, 4–7pm
    Van Cortlandt by Candlelight 
    See what life was like before electricity during this tour. The house will be decked out in its 18th-century holiday finest. RSVP by calling 718-543-3344.

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