New York Home Once Housed Family of Early U.S. Settlers

New York

The Teunis Slingerland House has its roots with the earliest settlers of what would be the United States.

A home that has its foundation — literally — with one of the first settlers in what would become the United States is now up for grabs in New York.

Known as the Teunis Slingerland house, the original homestead was built after Teunis Slingerland purchased almost 10,000 acres of land near the Hudson River from a Mohawk tribe in what is now New Scotland, New York.

“In 1685 a deed was signed which transferred the land from three Mohawk Indian chiefs to Teunis Slingerland and his son-in-law Johannes Apple,” listing agent Lauren Meacham with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services said.

Not quite 100 years later, Slingerland’s grandson (also named Teunis) built the stone and brick part of the existing structure. At that point, there was a main entry facing a creek, a keeping room with a fireplace (which still retains the inscriptions and drawings initialed by Teunis Slingerland on the tiles).

“A summer kitchen below houses another fireplace and Dutch cupboards and is accessed from a steep stairway from the keeping room or alternately from historic Dutch doors from outside,” Meacham said.

The home still boasts the original two bedrooms and attic, as well as many of the of the original panes of glass and the chestnut beams.

“Major structural changes occurred in the early 1800’s,” Meacham said. “At that time the fireplace was removed from the parlor and the floor was lowered a full 26 inches, a feat of unbelievable magnitude.”

That update included adding a center hall, a dining room, more bedrooms and a large kitchen.

The Slingerland family lived in the home until the early 1900s, and even after that, families related to the Slingerlands have owned the home. It was up for sale for the first time in 2005, Meacham said.

The current home has three bathrooms, four bedrooms, and is 4,200 square feet of historical space. Outside, a charming garden and creek views beckon, as does a swimming pool tucked in the garden. It is priced at $589,000, and Meacham said the seller is willing to include some of the period furnishings.

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  • My cousin, Cathy Feebie Lott Divis’s father, Johnny Voorhees Lott, owned a farmhouse in Brooklyn, which the historical Brooklyn Society owns. His family was from Amsterdam and were old Dutch potato farmers. the farm was written up in the New York Times. I gave a donation in memeory of my Aunt Cady Kluge Lott. She was the daughter of Lt. Col.Ralph A. KLUGE, New York