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The house is ours

We now own The DeJoux House on Springtown Road. The previous owner, Dr June Finer, was amazing. She left the house wonderfully clean and left a lot of historic documentation including a map of New Paltz from 1790 which shows the house as one of only 35 houses in New Paltz. There was also a magazine article about how the previous owners put the new roof over the old shingle roof in order to protect the hand hewn beams and original roof . We also found one of the original wooden gutters at the back of the garden.

I also met the neighbor Richard (the Duck man who I met when we first looked at the house). He told us the house had a lot of history and that the road in front of the house was originally called the "Albany Post Road" which was the main road through the area to Albany. Apparently George Washington went daily along the road in front of the house when traveling from his headquarters in Newburgh to visit his armies. Who knows, he could have stopped in for coffee or scones. According to the man in the wine shop we have some really interesting neighbors as well as Richard. A writer next door and a gardener who has written books about gardening just across the road.

There were also new revelations today in the garden. We went down to the pond and explored the spring that feeds the pond. It has a little stone well head around it and the water flows down to the pond. Also, since we last visited some beavers have moved into the pond. They have eaten quite a bit of the willow trees and there is a newly formed little beaver dam at the base of the fallen weeping willow. Not sure they are welcome if they are going to chew down the trees.


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