Briarcliff Manor’s “Industrial Triangle”

Briarcliff Manor is a rather affluent, suburban village. At first glance you wouldn’t think that there was any industry. But tucked away in a corner of the village is an area we call the “Industrial Triangle”. The picture above of Stafford’s Coal and Lumber Yards. ca. 1912 shows how it looked. A number of buildings remain, although with one exception they are no longer used for their original purpose. The Briarcliff Laundry was also in this area, but no trace of it remains.

Above the Briarcliff Light and Power Building. As early as 1902 Briarcliff Manor had electricity. According to Alex Vastola’s excellent and comprehensive “Chronology of the Village of Briarcliff Manor”:

The first annual town budget adopted by the Briarcliff Manor Village Government amounts to $3,059.00: $2,000.00 for streets, $200.00 for lights, and $859.00 in general.

The building is now owned by Consolidated Edison so the electricity connection remains to this day.

A spur of the Putnam Line used to pass right by this building. Walter W. Law, the founder of Briarcliff Manor had a number of businesses, the first of which was Briarcliff Farms. The milk from the farms was brought to this building where it was processed and eventually moved onto trains to be transferred elsewhere. The Putnam Line is long gone, and this building now serves as a warehouse.

Aunt Millie’s tomato sauce was once made here. It’s now another warehouse.

By 1907, The Plasmon Company of America was located on Woodside Avenue in the Village of Briarcliff Manor and went bankrupt during this same year with author Mark twain as its acting president. Here, skimmed milk was converted into Plasmon, a powdery food preparation, and “the most nutritious food known to modern science.” The building is currently the home of the Briarcliff Classic and Imported Car Service.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Lumix G Vario 14-140 f3.5-5.6

Lodge Gates

Once up a time the gates below stood at the entrance to a magnificent luxury hotel in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Built in 1902 It was called the Briarcliff Lodge (see above) and was destroyed in a fire in September 2003. Although the lodge had gone the stone pillars that held the gates remained, apparently not damaged in the fire. However, the gates themselves had disappeared. They were a long way from the Lodge and were, in all probability, not destroyed in the fire. So, what had happened to them?

According to a local newspaper (See: Historic Briarcliff Lodge Gates Find New Home):

The two ornately designed gates, which stand over 8 feet high and 16 feet wide, were salvaged by the village after a major fire destroyed the main buildings on the site in 2003. At the time, the property was abandoned and had been the campus of the King’s College. For the past seven [the article was written in 2011] years the iron gates have been stored at the Village of Briarcliff Manor DPW [Department of Public Works] facility on Pleasantville Road.

It’s good to see them back where they belong.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Lumix G Vario 14-140 f3.5-5.6

A Visit to Boston – Day Two – Old State House

The Old State House is a historic building in Boston, Massachusetts, built in 1713. It was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798. It is located at the intersection of Washington and State Streets and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States.

“It is one of the landmarks on Boston’s Freedom Trail and is the oldest surviving public building in Boston. It now serves as a history museum that was operated by the Bostonian Society through 2019. On January 1, 2020, the Bostonian Society merged with the Old South Association in Boston to form Revolutionary Spaces. The Old State House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1994”. (Wikipedia)

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OSS

A Visit to Philipsburg Manor – Re-enactors

Costumed interpreters re-enact life in pre-Revolutionary times, doing chores, milking the cows, and grinding grain in the grist mill. They also act as guides.

The current tour was in the manor house, and they were waiting for them to emerge. This gave me a chance to go over and chat with them. I work with Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society, which is only 6 miles away from the manor. They had an extensive knowledge of local history (one of them was a retired history teacher) so we didn’t have difficulties finding things to discuss.

This guy was baking cookies.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

A Visit to Philipsburg Manor – Tenant Farmers House

Philipse’s trading center has been restored to its appearance in 1750 when, in addition to the two dozen African slave it was home to several hundred tenant farmers. Their homes looked something like this. I can’t really say more because it wasn’t possible to see the interior. So, you see what I saw.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II