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Van Cortlandt Mansion

Designated Landmark New York City

 
 
Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
1. Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker
Inscription.
Here in 1781, to deceive the British, General George Washington kept campfires burning in the area surrounding the house while he gained time for safe withdrawal of his troops across the Hudson River. The property on which this magnificent manor house is set was long owned by the Van Cortlandt family. To the north is Vault Hill, the family burial ground and vault. It was in this vault that the City records of New York were supposedly hidden and preserved during the Revolutionary War. The architectural importance of this mid-18th century Georgian manor house is found in its vigorous, straightforward design, using random fieldstone with brick window enframements, a feature typical of many New York masonry buildings of the period, and unusual faces carved on the keystones.

Plaque provided by the New York Community Trust, 1975

 
Erected 1975 by New York Community Trust.
 
Location. 40° 53.458′ N, 73° 53.694′ W. Marker is in Bronx, New York, in Bronx County. Marker can be reached from Broadway (U.S. 9), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Van Cortlandt Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bronx NY 10471, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
2. Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker
of this marker. Cortlandt House (here, next to this marker); Van Cortlandt House (here, next to this marker); Adoption of the Constitution (a few steps from this marker); Prison Window (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Porter (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Cortlandt House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Grove (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sgt. John Basilone (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bronx.
 
Also see . . .  The Van Cortlandt House Museum. An Overview of the History of the House & Estate. (Submitted on March 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
3. Van Cortlandt Mansion Marker
Marker in Van Cortlandt Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
4. Marker in Van Cortlandt Park
Marker at the Van Cortlandt Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, in Van Cor
5. Marker at the Van Cortlandt Mansion
Marker is located on the ground to the right of the steps in front of the Van Cortlandt House.
Van Cortlandt Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
6. Van Cortlandt Mansion
Van Cortlandt House Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
7. Van Cortlandt House Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 470 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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