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Historic House Trust Festival, Bronx Borough

23 Houses chronicle 350 years of our history, culture, architecture—and food

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 9.2 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  From modest farmers’ cottages to grand mansions, New York City’s historic houses chronicle 350 years of our history, culture,... more »

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Points of Interest

In 1836, Pell family descendant Robert Bartow and his wife, Maria Lorillard, purchased part of the old manor and built a fashionable three-story Greek Revival mansion, with a dramatic freestanding spiral staircase connecting the elegant parlors on the ground floor with the bedrooms above. The Bartow-Pell Mansion was surrounded by pastureland,... More

Isaac Valentine, a prosperous blacksmith and farmer from Yonkers, built the two-story Georgian house out of the native stone on his land. The House’s location provided Valentine with access to crop markets in New York and with plenty of business as a blacksmith as carts and carriages flowed steadily past his door on the way to the King’s Bridge... More

**Poe Cottage is presently closed to undergo an extensive restoration**

During the restoration, you are invited to visit the exhibition

“Edgar Allan Poe – The New York Years”

The Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Avenue at East 208th Street,
The Bronx

Museum Hours
Saturdays: 10AM-4PM, Sundays: 1PM-5PM
Weekdays and group tours by... More

Merchant Jacobus Van Cortlandt began purchasing land in the Bronx in 1694. Gradually, he developed the property into a wheat plantation with extensive milling operations. Jacobus’ son Frederick inherited the estate and commissioned the present house in 1748. The House was built in the Georgian style out of native fieldstone, and its elegant... More