All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Briarcliff Manor, NY

This pleasant old church stands about two blocks away from our house.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church in Briarcliff Manor, New York. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. John David Ogilby, whose summer estate and family home in Ireland were the namesakes of Briarcliff Manor, founded the church in 1854. The church was built on Ogilby’s summer estate in Briarcliff Manor.

Richard Upjohn designed the church building, which was constructed from 1848 to 1854 and expanded in 1911. The church has several memorial windows, including one by John LaFarge and a rose window by Frederick Wilson of Tiffany Studio.

The church’s opening service was held on December 13, 1854, and Ogilby donated the church’s current building and grounds in 1863. He gave the church its first name, “All Saints’ Church, Brier Cliff, Sing Sing, N. Y.”, naming his property Brier Cliff after his family home in Ireland. In 1910, the church building was enlarged to the present cruciform shape, and it was consecrated on November 1, 1911. In 1945, the church purchased property to the north and east of the building; a parish hall was built there in 1949 and dedicated on January 29, 1950.

Notable rectors include Thomas Hazzard and John Adams Howell.) Hazzard was the founder of Hope Farm, and was a football player and coach, as well as a minister, dairy farmer, treasurer, and missionary in Liberia. John Adams Howell invented the Howell torpedo and other naval devices; he was also a rear admiral in the US Navy.

The church building was designed by architect Richard Upjohn and built between 1848 and 1854. The church was modeled on Saint Andrew’s in Bemerton, England, and it is an example of the modest English Gothic parish church popular in the region during the mid-19th century.

The building was originally designed with a simple rectangular nave with a high-pitched slate-covered gable roof and exterior walls of random-coursed granite ashlar in the Gothic Revival style. A transept and enlarged chancel were added in 1911. There is a metal steeple at the gable crossing. Memorial windows include one by John LaFarge (1889) and a rose window “Adoration of the Magi” (1911) by Frederick Wilson of Tiffany Studios. Also on the property is a Stick Style rectory dated to 1883 and an Arts and Crafts-style Old Parish Hall built in 1904. (Wikipedia).

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1, Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II

Brick Pillars

These brick pillars stand a few minutes walk away from our house. They form part of a brick wall, which completely enclosed the old Speyer mansion, Waldheim. Waldheim, the 130-acre country estate of New York banker James Speyer. Located in Scarborough, New York, the estate featured sprawling farm lands, a nine-hole golf course, gardens, and a lake. It was purchased in 1946 to be subdivided into residential lots. Our house is on one of these lots and so is inside the wall, portions of which have collapsed over time leaving these pillars to stand alone.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1, Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II

On the Hudson in Ossining

I took the dog for a walk along the Hudson River in Ossining, NY the other day. It was a clear, bright day with blue skies and the odd cloud. But it was really cold, and the strong wind blowing down the Hudson didn’t make it any warmer.


This guy on a jet ski braved the elements. The wet suit he was wearing would, I guess have provided some protection, but I imagine it still would have been very cold.


The seagulls were having difficulty taking off into the strong wind.


A relatively new, and very welcome addition to the Ossining waterfront: 3 Westerley, a very pleasant restaurant.


Still going.

I had a slight mishap during this walk. I was doing quite well against the strong wind when an elderly woman with a stick and her husband (I assume) approached from the opposite direction. She said something, but with the wind and the masks we were both wearing I couldn’t make out what it was. Then as she got closer she lost her footing and started to fall. Both her husband and myself tried to steady her, but only succeeded in bringing all three of us down. I got up fairly quickly but the couple stayed where they were until a good samaritan passing by helped them up and walked them to the car. So thankfully no harm done. I continued my walk.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 7artisans 25mm f1.8 lens. Unfortunately I’d taken the wrong lens yet again could really have used a telephoto so that I didn’t have to crop so much.

Philipsburg Manor

Philipsburg Manor is located in Sleepy Hollow, NY almost directly opposite the Old Dutch Church.

The land that would become Philipsburg Manor was first bought from Adriaen van der Donck, who had been granted a Dutch patroonship in New Netherland before the English takeover in 1664. Frederick Philipse I, Thomas Delavall, and Thomas Lewis purchased the first tracts in 1672 in current-day northern Yonkers. Philipse made several additional purchases between 1680 and 1686 from the Wiechquaeskeck and Sinsink Indian tribes, expanding the property both north and south; he also bought a small plot of land from the Tappans west of the Hudson River.[citation needed] The manor comprised about 52,000 acres (21,000 ha) of land. Philipse also bought out his partners’ stakes during this time.

The estate’s boundaries were the Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the south, the Croton River to the north, the Hudson River to the west, and the Bronx River to the east. Philipse was granted a royal charter in 1693, creating the Manor of Philipsburg and making him first lord of the manor. Along with the three other main manors of the colony—Rensselaerswyck, Cortlandt, and Livingston—Philipsburg created one of the richest and most powerful families in the colony. When Philipse died in 1702, the manor was divided between his son, Adolphus Philipse, and grandson, Frederick Philipse II. Adolphus received the Upper Mills property, which extended from Dobbs Ferry to the Croton River. Frederick II was given the Lower Mills, which included the family seat, Philipse Manor Hall, at the confluence of the then Neperhan River (today’s Saw Mill) and Hudson Rivers; the two parcels were reunited on his uncle’s death. Frederick II’s son, Frederick III, became the third lord of the manor in 1751.

Philipse Manor Hall, the Lower Mills manor house, in today’s Getty Square neighborhood of Yonkers

The Philipses used African slaves to build various structures at the Upper and Lower Mills.[citation needed] The Upper Mills saw the building of two gristmills on the Pocantico River as well as a stone manor house, wharf, cooperage, and bake house. Most of the structures were completed by 1697, including the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, now a National Historic Landmark. The Lower Mills saw a gristmill and Philipse Manor Hall built on the north bank of the Neperhan. The Philipses’ aim was to make the manor a center for agriculture, which was achieved.[citation needed]

In the 18th century, tenant farmers moved in from Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and elsewhere within North America. By the beginning of the American Revolution in 1776, the population was about 1,000, up from 200 at the time of Frederick I’s death.

Several years into the Revolution Frederick Philipse III, a Loyalist, was attainted for treason along with his family. The manor was confiscated in 1779 and used as collateral to raise funds for the Colonial cause. After the war it was sold at public auction, split between 287 buyers. The largest tract, the (about 750 acres (300 ha)) Upper Mills, was purchased by Gerard Beekman; the lower, including Manor Hall, went to Cornelius Low. That parcel was passed to numerous owners until 1951, when it was acquired by Sleepy Hollow Restorations (now Historic Hudson Valley). Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. funded the restoration of about 20 acres (8.1 ha), which became today’s Philipsburg Manor historic site. Philipse Manor Hall served as Yonkers City Hall from 1872 until 1908. Both homes became National Historic Landmarks on November 5, 1961 and are now house museums. (Wikipedia)

Philipsburg manor features a stone manor house filled with a collection of 17th- and 18th-century period furnishings, a working water-powered grist mill and millpond, an 18th-century barn, a slave garden, and a reconstructed tenant farm house. Costumed interpreters re-enact life in pre-Revolutionary times, doing chores, milking the cows, and grinding grain in the grist mill.




Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1, Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II and Lumix G Vario 45-150 f4-5.6