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A Walk Through the Bronx - With David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis
A Walk Through the Bronx - With David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis
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The Bronx River
The New York Botanical Garden
The Bronx Zoo
Arthur Avenue
Fordham University
Poe Cottage
Montefiore Medical Center
Woodlawn Cemetery
The Van Cortlandt House
Wave Hill
The Bartow-Pell Mansion
Orchard Beach
City Island
Yankee Stadium
Loews Paradise Theater
The Point

The Van Cortlandt House
Photo of the Van Cortlandt House and playing fields at Van Cortlandt Park.

The Van Cortlandt House is a mid-18th century home that was originally the main house for a large grain plantation and mill. The Dutch family was a member of New York's mercantile class who conducted trade between American, European, and West Indian ports. As late as 1810, Van Cortlandt was still a working plantation including slave labor. In 1889, after 140 years of Van Cortlandt family occupation, the House and surrounding land are sold to the City of New York. In 1897, the National Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York opened the Van Cortlandt House as a public museum. Today, the house has been fully renovated with even the East and West Parlors restored to their original paint colors.

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