The Clinton House in Poughkeepsie New York is truly a national treasure – full of significant historical articles. I was so busy doing the workshop that I did not have time to explore the house to the extent that I wanted to, but I will be making a trip back to more fully appreciate this lovely Revolutionary Era home. The workshop went well and was well attended by several ladies interested in both sewing and history.
Built circa 1765 for Hugh Van Kleeck, the Clinton House is now a state-owned historic resource named to honor George Clinton, the first governor of New York State and former Vice-President of the United States. Although Clinton did not reside here, the house was likely used as a meeting place for New York State legislators during the period when Poughkeepsie was the capital of New York State.
The house is now home to the Historical Society’s offices, library and collections and provides quarters for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Open by appointment only, Tuesday, Thursday 12-5pm and Wednesday, Friday 10-3pm. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. To schedule an appointment, please call 845.471.1630.
Another Gem: the Glebe House is also under the care and curatorships of the Dutchess Co. Historical Society. A wonderful little detail about the daughters of the original owner of a sister house was related to me by Dutchess County Historical Society’s President, Candace Lewis. Apparently the daughters of Tory Loyalist Minister, Rev Beardsley – in a bold statement for the daughters of an upper class society family of the time – embroidered the words: NO TEA and LIBERTY across the front of their aprons. Anarchy was in the air in the minister’s house!! Mrs. Lewis is interested in having docents of the house wear aprons embroidered like this. So she was keen to learn more about my embroidery work and we will see if we can work out my making a few crisp aprons duly embroidered to reflect the girls spirit and our own patriotism!!
Glebe House: Built in 1767, this home served as the rectory for Reverend John Beardsley, minister to the congregants of Christ Church in Poughkeepsie and Trinity Church in Fishkill. As a Tory loyal to the King of England, Beardsley was forced to flee this home in 1777 to seek the protection of the British forces occupying New York City. Glebe is a Saxon word meaning land given to a minister to supplement his income. In Beardsley’s case, the Glebe was approximately 250 acres.
The Glebe House is owned by the City of Poughkeepsie and operated by the Historical Society. Pre-arranged guided tours of the Glebe House are offered for organizational groups and school children. Community open house days are offered at various times during the year. To schedule a tour, please call 845.471.1630.