December 7, 2018

Preservation Personals: 1795 Stately New York Stone Charmer

  • By: Rebecca Gale

I am a Federal-style house built in 1795 in the village of Millerton, New York, just over the border from Connecticut. With 39 acres of scenic woods and fields, including 4,000 feet of water frontage, I’m suited to anyone who loves the picturesque. The Webutuck Creek borders my expansive property, which also has a small pond and an in-ground pool. Once upon a time, back in the mid-1800s, a flour and feed mill operated on my property, a short distance from where three rail lines once intersected, a place now commemorated by the 16-mile Harlem Valley Rail Trail, perfect for biking or walking.

My stately facade gets its distinct look from Vermont marble, set off with brick. Inside is equally detailed, one highlight being the hand-painted flower and leaf design on the floors and walls of the parlor, which also has custom cabinetry and a wall of built-in bookshelves.

I have a total of six marble surround fireplaces, the most grand being in the dining room, with a hand-carved neoclassical mantle, complete with ionic columns and a Wedgewood-style panel. The room also has custom crown moldings and an impressive surround around the French doors that echoes the design of the mantle. Other intriguing historic features include hand-hewn exposed wood beams in the family room, a wood stove in one of the three bedrooms, and original hardware throughout the house.

A wooden porch overlooking the creek and a glassed-in solarium provide pleasant spaces to enjoy my beautiful setting. History nerds might also find interesting the space that supposedly used to be my summer kitchen, marked by a historic fireplace, complete with a bake oven.

Also part of the property is a screened-in gazebo overlooking a stream, perfect for working on the next great American novel on sunny Saturday afternoons. A timber-framed lodge-style guest house features a cathedral ceiling, bath, kitchen, and loft sleeping space, along with a large hearth.

Check out my listing for more information.

photo by: Elyse Morris

Millerton, New York 12546.

photo by: Elyse Morris

My beautiful parlor exemplifies my historic elegance with lovely details like hand-painted wall and floor designs.

photo by: Elyse Morris

Spacious rooms and an expansive lot make me a picture-perfect sanctuary in upstate New York.

Rebecca Gale is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. In her spare time, you can find her visiting local museums, photographing historic buildings, or playing guitar.

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