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The basement foundation of stones, does not match the exactly the floorplan of the house. It is also a very deep foundation, with a walk out metal door….leading to a flat stone ledge.
Note that only the top was lined with brick…the sides are local stone. I think the brick was added 100 years later.
Photo of the actual coal chute next to the Tunnel opening..which is about at the curb line.
I did get an invite to examine the tunnel from Alfeo Manzi and it is possible the the tunnel was later used to bring in coal. The surrounding foundation seems to predate the houses in the area and the tunnel drops into a lower basement and out to Broadway. with a stone platform, perfect for a small cannon. It was a direct line of fire at the road leading to the Kingsbridge. The bricks lining the tunnel could have been added in the later years 1880’s. we did not pull any off to examine what was underneath. If this was not used in 1776….Gunpowder may have been stored for the quarry. See for yourself in some pictures I took. One has Mr. Manzi
Found this ad with a little colorJune 7, 2021 at 5:01 am in reply to: Importance of Local History – the African Burial Ground at Van Cortlandt Park #1991June 7, 2021 at 5:00 am in reply to: Importance of Local History – the African Burial Ground at Van Cortlandt Park #1990
The African Burial grounds was mentioned in the The Borough of the Bronx by Harry Cook . The Van Cortlandt’s had many slaves that were buried locally.
Great Photo of the house – RiverlureMay 5, 2021 at 8:26 pm in reply to: Old Spuyten Duyvil – Memories and photos of childhood #1940
Wonder no more…May 5, 2021 at 4:39 pm in reply to: Old Spuyten Duyvil – Memories and photos of childhood #1936
Interesting story and photographs, especially the walkway to the rail platform which I never seen before.April 25, 2021 at 5:24 pm in reply to: Local Organization Combats Housing Discrimination – On this Date in 1968 #1929
It is interesting how 50 years later the Riverdale Country School for Boys that hosted the dinner for the Intergroup Relations escaped having the same light shine on them. Even back then, the Riverdale Country School for Boys could virtue single. 50 years later Black boys make up less than 3 % of the school population while at the same time the Black population is over 10 times that percent.March 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1920
The Kingsbridge Library on Kingsbridge Ave, between the ChurchMarch 26, 2021 at 2:30 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1919
Just to put up an image from this interesting little block in Kingsbridge.March 15, 2021 at 4:02 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1903
Link to the Archer 1684 mapMarch 15, 2021 at 4:01 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1902March 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1901
No Type writers in 1680 …The deeds were transcribed. The Map of The Manor of Fordham, John Archer Patent of 1684 details near the bottom of the map, the ” Mill Run”, it runs along side the Bronx River as they approach Van Cortlandt Park in the North. I believe the Mill Run, Mill Brook went as far north and into Mosholu Parkway.
The Old Bridge Tavern is not the Moller Mansion…OB had 2 windows on top, the Moller, has three
Stephen Jenkins in 1912 ” The Story of the Bronx” indicates that the Van Cortlandt’s bodies are still at Vault Hill.February 18, 2021 at 10:41 pm in reply to: Mystery Building on Broadway in Van Cortlandt Park #1869
The maps are from the NYPL and are not specific for these images, with the exception of the ferris wheel map listed as 1921.February 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm in reply to: Mystery Building on Broadway in Van Cortlandt Park #1867
I think the map maker placed it in the wrong side of Broadway. An other key has it at #38…Also found a nice overview of the Ferris Wheel etcFebruary 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm in reply to: Mystery Building on Broadway in Van Cortlandt Park #1865
I found the building but it is identified as #38 but I can not find the key. It must have been an earlier comfort station in 1921
It appears the movie is available on line for free, but it takes a little work to set up.
This is a beautiful work of Art & History…I hope there will be miniatures for sale.