Bronx in Bronx County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Van Cortlandt Mansion
Designated Landmark New York City
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1781.
Location. 40° 53.458′ N, 73° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bronx NY 10471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bronx.
Also see . . . The Van Cortlandt House Museum. Museum Website, an overview of the history of the house & estate (Submitted on March 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.