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Credit: Marist College Library Archives and Special Collections

Van Wyck House

Hours: June through October: Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 PM

Museum and Library open by appointment

Phone: (845) 896-9560

 

Historical Description:

In 1732 Cornelius Van Wyck developed the Van Wyck Homestead on 959 acres in present day Fishkill and expanded it in "pure" Dutch fashion in 1757. The Continental Army requisitioned the house during the American Revolution and used it as a headquarters for Major General Israel Putnam and others as the area became a major supply depot. The Van Wyck house was also the setting for the fictitious trial of Enoch Crosby, the famous American spy, in James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Spy.

 

The Site:

The Van Wyck Homestead contains a library, which houses original documents and a variety of sources, and is the home of the Fishkill Historical Society.

 

Directions:

The Van Wyck Homestead is located on the corner of Route 9 and I-84 (exit 13) in the town of Fishkill.

 

Research Patron: Todd and Beverly Brinckerhoff

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