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Pawling in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mizzen Top Hotel
 
Mizzen Top Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, November 24, 2009
1. Mizzen Top Hotel Marker
 
Inscription. Was located on this site from 1880 – 1933. The building was three stories high, faced the west with two hundred feet frontage. It was opened during the summer seasons and accommodated 250 guests. Porches bordered three sides. The spacious grounds provided lawn tennis, golf links and a bowling alley. In the early days a livery stable supplied saddle horses and a four-in-hand coach.
 
Erected 1972 by the Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Vicinity.
 
Location. 41° 33.51′ N, 73° 33.063′ W. Marker is in Pawling, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is on Church Road 0.2 miles south of Quaker Hill Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of Christ Church. Marker is in this post office area: Pawling NY 12564, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Living Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Akin Hall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oblong (approx. 0.7 miles away); Purgatory Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); The First Oblong Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Oblong Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Great Barbecue (approx. 2.2 miles away); In memory of General George Washington (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pawling.
 
Mizzen Top Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Herrick, November 24, 2009
2. Mizzen Top Hotel Marker
Christ Church is in the background.
 

 
Regarding Mizzen Top Hotel. One story has it the hotel was named by Admiral John Lorimer Worden, former commander of the Civil War ship Monitor and who was subsequently a Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Admiral Worden often spent summers on Quaker Hill and eventually married Olivia Toffey, the daughter of a prominent Pawling resident, and aunt of Daniel Toffey who was Worden's clerk on the Monitor. Since the hotel views of the Harlem Valley and Catskill Mountains were so spectacular, he appropriately named the hotel "Mizzentop" after one of the highest points on a ship - the mizzen mast. Due to the fact that the school was originally situated on top of Quaker Hill, it was befitting to name the school Mizzentop Day School.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of The Village Of Quaker Hill, from History of Dutchess County, New York. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. A Brief History of Akin Hall. (Submitted on November 30, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. New Summer Hotels. A January 9, 1881 article in The New York Times announcing the plans for the Mizzen Top Hotel. (Submitted on December 4, 2009.) 

4. A picture of the Mizzen Top Hotel. (Submitted on December 4, 2009.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,372 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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