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A Living Heritage

5663 County Hwy 2, Delancey, , 13731 Property Website Dated Posted: October 9, 2015


Circa 1795

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About This Old House

Entering this Catskill Premier home will take you back in time to a different era. This Central Chimney Post & Beam Colonial home was built circa 1795 retaining much of the original detail and feel of that time. Originally built as a Tavern, the property has also been used as a farmhouse, meeting house, and as a home in its most recent incarnation. The building has local historical significance having been used as a meeting house during the Anti-Rent Wars and as a safe house for the Underground Railroad. The present owners have thoughtfully retained the integrity of the original structure one of the finest examples of early American architecture.

The house, its history and its original details will thrill the purist of early American architecture. While defying most conventional modern building layouts, the house has 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a massive stone fireplace, a combined living & dining room, a den, a parlor, one bathroom, and most notably a ballroom with a circular aperture. The ballroom or central meeting room is on the second level and has been used continuously over the past several centuries. Some of the rare details that are hard to find these days include 5 fireplaces, a front and rear stair case, sheathed & plaster walls, wood floors of varying types, and a simplicity that is both artful and functional.

The covered back porch gives way to lovely, private gardens surrounded by majestic evergreens, flowering trees & shrubs. Lush perennial gardens surround the house with many old fashion favorites. There are beautiful mountain views with the rear and side of the property bordered by conservation land that will never be developed ensuring the feel of a bygone era. The house is sited on a .62 acre parcel.

The house will be featured in a soon to be published book called “A Simpler Way of Life”. It is located minutes to the destination Catskill Mountain village of Andes, close to skiing, an 18 hole golf course, boating, fishing, hiking, antique shops and on one of the most scenic roads in the Catskills.

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