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COEYMANS – On the hills rising above the banks of the Hudson River sits a majestic Georgian colonial with a past that’s for sale if you have enough money to buy it.
âThe story is all there on my website,â said Klemm real estate agent Drew Hingson.
The Litchfield, Connecticut-based real estate company markets homes of all kinds, but specializes in high-end properties that justify seven-figure prices. Last year he raised $ 16.5 million for the Atalanta Estate in Dutchess County. This property was erected in 1851 between the towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Also overlooking the Hudson, it was built for Franklin Hughes Delano and his wife Laura Eugenia Astor.
The Coeymans property has its own history, with a relatively affordable asking price of $ 2.9 million.
Officially known as Wedding Present Farm, the 73-acre estate features a lavish, local brick mansion. Its breathtaking views of the Hudson River are said to have been used by the former owner of the Knickerbocker Ice Company who harvested ice from the river. But, it takes its name from the original owner of the land, Edward Townsend Reed.
Reed, a renowned lawyer, merchant and agronomist, offered the land as a summer residence to his new friends Edward and Martha Van Antwerp Easton in 1907.
Reed and Easton were prominent Albany lawyers, Yale men, and mercantilists – Reed in Seeds and Easton in Timber. Martha’s son-in-law, Ten Eyck Powell, after marrying daughter Kate VA Easton, joined the household and raised his family there.
The lineage of the Ten Eyck Powell family dates back to the original Coeymans family, who owned the Powell & Minnock Brick Co. P&M Brick exclusively supplied bricks to Co-op City, from its yard, the 145th Street Bridge a been assembled.
âThis imposing Georgian colony was erected in local brick in 1910 to maximize the view of its elongated coastline of the Hudson River and the distant vistas of the Berkshire Mountains,â Hingson’s website read. âWedding Present Farm is set among a chain of River Estate mansions and farms south of Albany that articulated the lives of prominent families.â
Characteristic of a Georgian colonial, the mansion features a red brick facade with accents of the Greek Revival movement, popular in the previous century. Red bricks are married to white pediments and columns, and a cupola stands atop a second-story porch at the corner.
Guests of the house are greeted by a large wooden staircase. Greek accents continue inside the home with stately cornices in oversized public rooms with oak floors and large windows that let in light from both sides. French doors open onto a living room with a sculpted fireplace and abundant bookcases. Another fireplace is found in the dining room, expressed by high paneled woodwork. The adjoining kitchen includes a pantry with marble worktops. There are five bedrooms throughout the estate, the largest of which is the 31ft by 17ft master bedroom on the second floor.
And for socialites looking to entertain guests inside, there’s a 40-by-25-foot ballroom on the third floor, with wide plank floors enclosed by fireplaces opposite.
The River Road property includes a 3,400 square foot Tudor-style guesthouse, two other guest houses, three barns, garages, fields, an in-ground pool and shelter, and a mix of ancient trees in deciduous and not deciduous.
Trip Powell, Edward Easton’s great-grandson, called the wedding gift story “fancy for realtors” while commenting on his family’s former estate online. According to his family history, the Powell family left Wedding Present Farm around 1940, selling it to John Hall Blackburn, heir to a major coal business in Albany.
Blackburn lived there for 50 years, once leading the charge against Coeymans for centralizing his schools in the current school district of Ravena Coeymans Selkirk. He died around 1990. His wife, Ruth, remained at the house until his death in 1992.
âThe house was renovated around 2008 and sold,â Trip said. “I was there recently, and despite years of not being used, it is a beautiful place.”