• Abandoned
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Bridge
  • Castle
  • Cemetery
  • Church
  • Firehouse
  • Government Building
  • Haunted
  • Historic Building
  • Historic Event
  • Historic House
  • Historic Structure
  • Hotel
  • Island
  • Lost Place
  • Museum
  • Native American
  • Outdoors
  • Plaza
  • Railway Station
  • Restaurant
  • Revolutionary War
  • Ruins
  • School
  • Skyscraper
  • Statues & Monuments
  • Tavern
  • Theater
  • True Crime

In 1851, Margaret Armstrong Astor, wife of the business magnate, William Backhouse Astor, persuaded her husband to buy a parcel of land from her brother and to establish the “St. Margaret’s Orphan Asylum” in Red Hook, New York. This now historic site would offer food and lodging to girls who either had no home or whose parents could not provide for them. Teachers were also on staff for training the girls in the “domestic arts”, such as cooking, sewing, ironing, etc. For generations, the Astor family continued to support the orphanage, but in 1929, an objection was raised by the New York state Department of Welfare because the home was not licensed to operate as an orphanage, causing it to close in 1932. Since then, it was a private residence and a transitional living center, but in 1991, Martin’s Foods, the parent company of Hannaford’s Supermarket, bought it. In 2006, they donated it to the town, who have undergone restoring it.<

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