Around the Neighborhood – The Road to the Walter Law Mansion

Walter Law founded Briarcliff Manor, the village where I’ve lived for the past 23 years:

Walter William Law (November 13, 1837 – January 17, 1924) was a businessman and the founder of the 8,000-person village of Briarcliff Manor, New York. He was a vice president of furniture and carpet retailer W. & J. Sloane, and later founded the Briarcliff Lodge, the Briarcliff Table Water Company, Briarcliff Farms, and the Briarcliff Greenhouses. He founded or assisted in establishing several schools, churches, and parks in the village, and rebuilt its train station in 1906. In the early 1900s, Walter Law was the largest individual landholder in Westchester County.

Walter Law was born in Kidderminster, England, and was one of ten children of a carpet dealer. He relocated to the United States in 1859, where he lived until his death. Throughout his life, he was employed at various places, including at W. & J. Sloane, where he worked for 24 years. After retiring to a house on Scarborough Road in the small community of Whitson’s Corners, New York, he developed the surrounding farmland into a suburban village. Law died in 1924 in Summerville, South Carolina, during rest cure treatment. (Wikipedia).

The mansion is still in private hands so I couldn’t walk down to get a picture of it (although once when I was passing I saw a woman come out of the driveway and cross the road to pick up mail. She waved to me and I thought about asking her if it would be OK to take a few pictures. But I didn’t have the courage to do it), but the picture above shows the road down to it with its fairly awful statues. The entrance gate is guarded by the lions below and their twins (i.e. a pair of each).


The first picture was taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II, and the two lions with a Sony A6000 and Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM (I think).

Kneeling Woman

I’ve been taking pictures of this kneeling woman/girl clutching the crosspiece of a stone cross ever since I first came to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (probably about 20 years ago). It’s an interesting grave marker in that it seems to commemorate George W. Dibble and his two wives. On the left side it mentions “Annie Hayt wife of George W. Dibble” and on the front “Susie Hayt wife of Georg W. Dibble”. Interesting that his two wives had the same maiden name. Could they have been sisters? I didn’t check the rear and the right side for inscriptions. Maybe two more wives were recorded there?

Taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II

Around the Neighborhood – Guardian Lion

This lion is one of a number that guard the entrances to a large mansion on Central Ave. in Briarcliff Manor. Inscribed on the columns on either side of the gate is the word “Hohensichtlich”. “Hohen” means high in German, and “Sichtlich” means visibly. Put them together and what do you get: I haven’t a clue.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II