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Clifton Park in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Best House

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 21, 2010
1. Best House Marker
Inscription.
1815 Federal Home of
Abraham Best Family
From Claverack,
Columbia County, N.Y.
He Died in 1871 at age 81.

 
Erected 1976 by Clifton Park.
 
Location. 42° 48.744′ N, 73° 49.594′ W. Marker is in Clifton Park, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Vischer Ferry Road (County Route 90) north of Stony Brook Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 Vischer Ferry Road, Clifton Park NY 12065, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amity Reformed Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lock 19 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Erie Canal (approx. 2.1 miles away); Whipple Iron Truss Bridge (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cast Iron Whipple Truss Bridge, 1869 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Clutes Dry Dock (approx. 2.8 miles away); Aqueduct, 1842 (approx. 4.1 miles away); Albany Path Ska-Nek-Ta-De (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clifton Park.
 
Regarding Best House. The Abraham Best House is an outstanding example of Federal architecture built by Abraham and Harriet Best of Claverack, Columbia County. The house retains all
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 21, 2010
2. Best House & Marker
its original carved woodwork and fireplace mantels. Abraham Best was born January 21, 1790 in Columbia Co., NY.

Here is an interesting excerpt about Abraham Best taken from the following book:

The Bench and Bar of Saratoga County, or Reminiscences of the Judiciary, and Scenes in the Court Room, From the Organization of the County to the Present Time By Enos R. Mann, Attorney-At-Law Ballston, NY Waterbury & Inman 1876

"Some men never appear to be happy unless entangled in the meshes of a suit at law. Such an one appears to have been the late Abraham Best of Clifton Park. He had as strong a constitutional aversion to paying taxes as do the noted Smith sisters of Glastonbury, Connecticut. In the year 1863, Adam V. V. Pearse was collector of the school district in Clifton Park in which Best resided. A tax warrant having been placed in his hands on which a certain amount was set opposite the name of Best, he called upon him for the amount at his residence. After making some querulous objections, he invited Pearse into his house and took him to an upper room. He there left him and went out, locking the door after him. After waiting in vain for quite a time for his return, the collector raised a window and jumped to the ground. He brought a civil action for an assault against Best which was tried at the January term, 1864, before Justice Platt Potter.
Best House - Clifton Park, New York image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 21, 2010
3. Best House - Clifton Park, New York
George G. Scott was plaintiff's counsel, and J. Summerfield Enos appeared in behalf of the defendant. A judgment was entered against Best for $50 and costs. Soon after this, he was adjudged a lunatic on the petition of his relatives, and subsequently he died at the Marshall Infirmary in Troy.

 
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Best House Clifton Park Historic Designation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 21, 2010
4. Best House Clifton Park Historic Designation Marker
Historic Desgination
Town of Clifton Park
This Property Has Been Placed On
The Clifton Park Register Of Historic Places

This Plaque is mounted on the front of the Best House to the right of the main entrance.
 
 
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