Hi everyone! Just as spring broke forth in the Mohawk valley last April, my sweet husband and I visited an old Dutch estate–Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction (NY). Pieter Mabee acquired the property from another Dutchman in 1705. Pieter and his wife, Anna, moved from the Schenectady Stockade, built the stone house, and raised their ten children on the farm. A brief history lesson: In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing on a voyage of discovery for the Dutch, “discovered” the Hudson River from NYC to Albany [where I live] and claimed it for the Dutch. They called it “New Netherlands.” That’s eleven years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. By 1663, the English had acquired New Netherlands from the Dutch in a bloodless coup, but the rich Dutch culture remains deeply embedded in the region.
Here you see a side-view of the 1702 Dutch farmhouse, the oldest still standing in the Mohawk Valley. The last member of the Mabee family, generously donated the site, along with important documents and family heirlooms, to the State of New York in 1993. The steeply pitched roof is a common Dutch design element.
The exterior architectural elements indicate the age of the structure.
Some of the furniture and other pieces inside the farmhouse belonged to the Mabee family.
The Dutch are known for “jambless” fireplaces, that is, hearths without sides or “jambs,” but I only had success photographing the English-style fireplace you see here with its rich red tones and dentil molding.
In the hearth sits a mended bowl, such a foreign concept in our disposable age.
Next to the fireplace, a box for firewood, with a buttery coat of time-worn paint.
In the same room a large armoire with fascinating butterfly hinges, displaying an antique band box.
The bright sunlight through the window gives the bedroom a dreamy look. Isn’t the massive headboard a beauty?
The chamber pot makes me grateful for modern conveniences…
The view out the tavern window of some of the barns and outbuildings. We’ll take a closer look at them in Part II.
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