On November 28, 1776, the same year that 56 Americans signed the Declaration of Independence, well over 200 colonial New Yorkers placed their signatures on a “Declaration of Dependence.” These signers were Loyalists, citizens who remained faithful to their sovereign, George III, King of Great Britain. Prominent among the signatures was that of Frederick Philipse III, Lord of the vast Manor of Philipsburg and resident of the elegant mansion known today as Philipse Manor Hall. Frederick Philipse III and his family lived in luxury, well supported by rents from the many tenant farms on his property. Times were changing, however, and while others rebelled against Great Britain, Frederick III defended the Crown. His Loyalist beliefs were so strong that General George Washington ordered him arrested in 1776. Philipse and his family later fled to British occupied New York City and then to England, where the last “Lord of the Manor”, broken in spirit and health, died in 1786. His land and his mansion were confiscated by the New York State Legislature and sold at public auction. – From The NYS Parks Website
Philipse Manor and Soldiers Monument undated postcard
Philipse Manor Warburton Ave in Yonkers, NY 2014
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Valentine Homestead Historical Marker , NYS Dept of Education 1936 and Stone Tablet/Memorial erected by The Keskeskick Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and Yonkers Branch of The Westchester Historical Society 1930. “Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution frequently made his headquarters at the Valentine Homestead which stood One Hundred and Fifty Feet back of this tablet” The Read more...
New York State Education Department Historical marker dated 1936. Found on the edge (Saw Mill River Rd Side ) of Oakland Cemetery. Reads: “Site of The Glebe 125 east of this spot stood St. John’s Rectory, 1770 -1845 given by Frederick Philipse 1751. Scene of Skirmishes 1778.” Yonkers, NY – Westchester County Read more...