At the interesection of Peekskill Hollow Road and Mill Street is a small, but very interesting looking builiding. It’s the Putnam Valley Grange and according to its website:
On December 4, 1867 in a small Washington, D.C. building that housed the office of William Saunders, Superintendent of Propagating Gardens in the Department of Agriculture, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, more commonly known as the Grange, was born. Sitting around a plain wooden table, a group of seven earnest men planned what was destined to become a vital force in preserving and expanding American democracy. They were men of vision, they had faith in God, in their fellow man, and in the future.
The Seven Founders of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry were Oliver H. Kelly, William Saunders, Aaron B. Grosh, John Trimble, John R. Thompson, Francis McDowell, and William M. Ireland. They were assisted by Caroline Hall.
Recognizing the importance of a viable agriculture and strong family unit, the Grange established these principles as cornerstones of the organization.
Early on, women were given equal representation and this has proven to be of great benefit to the Grange’s success. It was the first organization to give women an equal vote with men in 1867, as well as full and equal recognition.
Facade. Again from the website: “The Grange emblem has a lot of history behind it. The seven-sided emblem represents the seven degrees of the Grange, and the seven founders. “P of H” stands for “Patrons of Husbandry”. The name “Grange” was chosen because old English farm estates, each a complete community, were called Granges. The sheaf of wheat represents our interest in agriculture.”
Pediment with date of construction.
The King David and Beverly Hills cemeteries are directly opposite ‘The Grange’ building. I’ve yet to explore them. This is the view over an interesting grouping of trees towards the King David Cemetery.