According to the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area website:

In 1709, Roger and Catheryna Brett, with their children and slaves, emigrated from New York to Dutchess County and hired a Long Island architect to build this Dutch-style house. Over the next seven generations, until 1954, the home remained in the family.

Today, the Madam Brett Homestead is the oldest house in Dutchess County and is maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Architectural features include original scalloped shingles, Dutch doors, and sloping dormers. The home’s interior is decorated with original Georgian, Empire, and Victorian furniture; a collection of 18th-century Chinese porcelain; silver tea sets; displays of early doll collections, textiles, and tools; a copy of Houdon’s bust of Robert Fulton; a punch bowl presented by Lafayette; plus items belonging to Catheryna Brett.

The remaining five acres surrounding the home feature a perennial garden, brook, and one of New York State’s Big Trees dating to the time of Catheryna Brett.

According to an article on the Madame Brett Homestead in Wikipedia it was, like the not too far distant Van Wyck Homestead, almost demolished – in this case to make way for a supermarket. Once again this attempt failed – thanks to the Melzingah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution who were able to purchase it.

Rear view with well.

Rear View.

Rear Porch.


Wagon Wheel in the Woods (actually in the garden but I couldn’t resist the alliteration.)




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