Near Hudson in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When Frederic Church purchased the 126-acre property that would become the farm at Olana, it included an old farmhouse located on this site and a modest house facing the Oak Hill-Hudson Road. Historically known as the Wynsant Brezie farm, it was named after its original owner, a man from a local family who purchased the property in 1794 from John J. Van Rensselaer and built the farmhouse. In 1802, Brezie's son inherited the family farm, which then passed through a succession of owners before Frederic Church acquired it from Levi Simmons in April 1860.
Frederic and Isabel did not live in the farm- house. While their home, "Cosy Cottage, was being built, they boarded with Thomas Cole's family across the river in Catskill. Since Frederic was often in New York City or traveling, Cole's son Theodore managed the farm (as well as his own) and provided much valued guidance. Frederic added rooms to the farmhouse in 1869, and generally used it to accommodate farm mangers, farm workers, or guests.
[Top Right Photo Caption] Shown here in ca. 1906, the farmhouse had a full cellar and a loft above the first floor. It survived
[Bottom Left Map] A mortgage from September 1794 and this 1799 map provide the boundaries of the Wynsant Brezie farm and suggest that the sale was the property's initial subdivision from a larger holding. John J. Van Rensselaer was the last landlord of what had been a large patent granted to his ancestor, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer in 1685. The Brezie farm included the farmhouse, a barn, a small orchard, and open land for grazing animals and growing crops to feed the Brezie family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1860.
Location. 42° 12.782′ N, 73° 49.625′ W. Marker is near Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Olana State Historic Site. Marker is located about 100 yards east of lower parking lot in the large field. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cosy Cottage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnyard Kitchen Garden (about 500 feet away); Icehouse (about 600 feet away); Woodshed (about 600 feet away); Studio and Viewshed (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frederick Church and Olana (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.