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Stephanus Van Cortlandt, NYC’s first native born mayor, originally owned this manor in the Westchester County Town of Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The manor consisted of thousands of acres between Croton Bay all the way up to the highlands and from the Hudson River to the Connecticut border. For several years, he had bought up the land from local natives, bartering with goods like wampum, guns, clothing, and other supplies. The House pictured was eventually built on the manor sometime before 1732. The Manor became an essential stop between New York City and Albany and would stay within the Van Cortlandt family up until 1945. In 1953, John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased it and began to restore the manor. Today it is a National Historic Landmark

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