Yesterday, October 10th 2009, we got permission to close from the bank. The closing date has been set for Friday, October 23rd. We were only waiting for the survey from the surveyors office which arrived Thursday morning. The survey confirmed that the property is 9.46 acres and that we have 410 ft of river frontage along the Wallkill River. The pond is 380 ft. long and at it's widest part 144 ft. wide. In total the pond is three quarters of an acre (over 3600 square yards). Plenty of room for boating and swimming. The island in the middle of the pond is nearly 3000 square feet.
We arrived at the house this weekend to meet with the contractors who had poured concrete in the basement on Friday. When we arrived we found a family standing in front of the house taking pictures. Being the friendly types we are, we went over to chat. They told us they were on a haunted house tour and were looking at the house because their daughter had been talking about the ghost at our house for the last couple of days. She had bought a book called "Spooky Hudson Valley" and in it was the story of Maria Deyo and a tragic tale of a mother killing all three children and then killing herself. The family were wonderful and excited to be shown the house. They showed us the book and at the beginning of the story was a picture of our house. The book went on to say that Maria sent the men to the fields and then she slit her daughter's throat and the throat of her other two children...then killed herself. All this happened on September 13 th 1801. There w