The McCord Farmhouse in Ossining, NY   Leave a comment

ImageThe McCord Farmhouse is architecturally significant as an intact example of an early 19th century vernacular farmhouse with Federal style influences and as one of the oldest houses in Ossining. It is historically significant as the farmhouse for the McCord Farm, one of the largest farms in the area from the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s and the homestead for the McCord family.

It is located at 98 Narragansett Avenue and built circa 1803, is a Federal style house originally built by Irish immigrant James McCord (1752-1833) and his son David (1781-1836) as the farmhouse for the McCord family farm. The farm was originally over two hundred acres in size and stretched from what is now Route 9A on the northern side down to where the Sing Sing Kill crosses Pine Avenue on the southern side and included the area that today contains Veterans Park within its boundaries. The Ryder family farm (see entry) was located immediately to the east. The farm was in operation from 1750-1937 and was locally known for its extensive apple orchards. A small accessory building was once located near the house and contained a cider press and storage barrels. When it was originally built, the house was considerably smaller than it is today.

A series of additions over the years expanded its size significantly, and the house always contained multiple generations of the family under its roof. Shortly after the house’s completion, two sugar maple trees known as “marriage trees” were placed on each side of the main entrance, a New England tradition. One of these trees still survives today. The farm was still in operation during the first decades of the 20th century when development pressures in the northeastern section of the Village led to the sale and subdivisions of parcels of land within the farm for homebuilding purposes. The house remained in the hands of the family until 1937. At Dale Cemetery (see entry) six generations of the McCord family are buried in a family plot, including both James and David McCord.”
Documented Sources of Information:
1. Norman MacDonald, “Chronicle of a Westchester Farm: The McCord Farm at Ossining, NY, 1750-1937”, Ossining Historical Society, (Ossining, NY: 2008), 33-36.
2. Village of Ossining Significant Sites and Structures Guide See More


Posted June 25, 2014 by ossininghistoryjournal in Uncategorized

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