HOUSE MUSEUM (1748)
Bronx, NY 10471
Open: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Sunday, 11a.m. to 4p.m.
Directions: From Major Deegan Expressway, take Van Cortlandt Park South. From Henry Hudson Parkway, take Broadway Exit, turn left.
Van Cortlandt House was built in 1748 by Frederick Van Cortlandt, son of Jacobus, merchant and Major of New York. The Dutch-Georgian plantation house remains the oldest house in The Bronx and is built of native fieldstone with brick window accents. As in some Dutch manor houses, each facade window has a carved brownstone grotesque as its keystone.
During the Revolution, Van Cortlandt House was either near or behind enemy lines and, consequently, used by both British and Americans; twice the house became the headquarters of General Washington.
The property remained in the Van Cortlandt family until the late 1800's, when it was sold to the City of New York. Through an agreement with the City in 1896, The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York took over the management of the house and made it into the museum it is today.
The house is furnished with decorative arts and Van Cortlandt collections from the 18th and 19th centuries reflecting the lives and history of the Van Cortlandt family and their heirs.