This historic house on Moodna Creek in New Windsor, New York was built in 1734 by John Nicoll II. His father, John Nicoll I, was one of the founding fathers of Presbyterianism in New York City and in 1734, bought this property. Prior to the Nicoll’s, this site was home to the earliest European settlement in Orange County. It had been settled in 1684 by Colonel Patrick McGregorie and a group of Scotsmen who had been given permission by Governor Dongan to purchase land from the local Munsee Indians. At the site of McGregorie’s cabin, John Nicoll II built his home.
The Nicoll family would prove to be ardent Patriots during the Revolutionary War. John “Squire” Nicoll III and his brother, Leonard, rallied men to save Kingston when it was burning, both helped plan a new chain across the river, John helped Thomas Machin build the Chevaux de frise at Plum Point, and as Sheriﬀ of Orange County, Isaac Nicoll executed the infamous Tory, Claudius Smith.
The Nicoll house would see a lot of use during the war as well. Besides billeting oﬃcers, it became the headquarters to Dr. Cochran, the surgeon general of the Continental Army.
Today, the home is a private residence and not publicly accessible.