While the Hudson Valley is full of historic homes, few compare to this rare Rockland gem that has interesting connections to big names from the Revolutionary War. The circa 1738 stone English manor-style house that was visited by George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and Baron von Steuben currently sits on the market for $1.895 million.
The property is listed by Richard Ellis of Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, who describes the home to be in “remarkable condition” and “impressive given it is nearly 300 years old.” Ellis goes on to say that “the home has amazing architectural details and can accommodate any interior look or style, from country chic to elegant Federal style.”
Located at 201 Route 9W in the Snedens Landing Historic District in Palisades, the house sits on 1.73 acres and features four bedrooms and baths, 23-foot-thick stone walls, 10-foot ceilings, hand-hewn beams, pine-board floors, five fireplaces, 18th-century cabinetry, original door hinges, and a front porch stretching more than 90 feet. In addition to the main house, an adjoining 2.7-acre lot can be purchased separately for $995,000.
Chock full of history, the lovingly restored home housed the Palisades Library from 1899 to 1943. During the Revolutionary War, the home – then known as The Meeting House, or The Big House – was visited by George Washington and his fellow military leaders in 1780. According to the Historical Society of Rockland County, the three men are said to have dined there while awaiting the trial of the British spy Major John Andre in nearby Tappan. Additionally, Martha Washington stopped by The Meeting House for a cup of tea while waiting for her husband on another visit.
Snedens Landing is a part of the Palisades community that is known for its rustic seclusion and proximity to Manhattan – being that it is just 20 minutes north of the George Washington Bridge. As a result, the area has been home to many past and present celebrities and artists like Laurence Olivier, John Steinbeck, Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino, Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Angelina Jolie, Hayden Panettiere, and Diane Sawyer.
The neighborhood is a short walk away from the Hudson River and Snedens Landing Association Tennis Courts. Area attractions include a farmers’ market, nearly 3,000 acres of parkland, and the historic riverfront village of Piermont’s many restaurants, shops, and marinas only five minutes away. Nothing compares to The Big House, which is listed in the National and New York State Registry of Historic Places. The home is a national treasure and a piece of American history right here in the Hudson Valley.
The Meeting House is located at 201 Route 9W in Palisades.