White Plains in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Jacob Purdy House (1721)
* * * * * General George Washington’s Headquarters * * * * *
October 23 – 28, 1776
While preparing for the Battle of White Plains, October 28, 1776
- and later -
July 27 – September 16, 1778
General Washington and eighteen key generals of the Continental Army met at the Jacob Purdy House to plan military strategy for a combined attack with the French on British and Hessian forces at Newport, Rhode Island, and for subsequent campaigns.
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Jacob Purdy House stands also as a tribute to a determined local citizen, Al Cerak. His patriotism, dedication and unselfish commitment to the preservation of this historic house, under threat of demolition during Urban Renewal (1966 – 1973), contributed in numerous and important ways to its ultimate preservation, relocation to this original Purdy Farm site (1973) and listing on the National Register of Historic Places (April 31, 1979). Al Cerak, a natural leader with boundless energy and enthusiasm, was also a major force in establishing the White Plains Battle Monument Committee, the White Plains Historical Society, and the widely recognized Reenactments of the Battle of White Plains. His abiding concern was the preservation and dissemination of knowledge about local history, especially for our children.
White Plains Historical Society
December 14, 1999
Bicentennial of Washington’s Death
Erected 1999 by White Plains Historical Society.
Location. 41° 2.223′ N, 73° 46.381′ W. Marker is in White Plains, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Park Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Plains NY 10603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacob Purdy House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Jacob Purdy House (a few steps from this marker); Cuba Free (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Center of Washington’s Army (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Red Cross in Westchester County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle of White Plains (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington Arms Apartments (approx. half a mile away); White Plains World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Plains.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of White Plains. The American Revolutionary War. (Submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of White Plains. The American Revolution. (Submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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