Part 2 - A LOOK BACK AT VAN CORTLANDT MANOR IN CROTON 1953 THRU 1973 - courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Click on the photos below--which concern the restoration work that occurred in the 50's.
For those who didn't know, the Village Historian provided this very brief history: The last Van Cortlandt relative died in 1940. In 1944 Otis Chatfield Taylor, who ran a local paper, bought the Manor; he died in an auto accident in 1948. The site was then bought by Jerry Britchey. Jerry owned the Starlight, driving range and mini-golf here in Croton. In 1953, J.D. Rockefeller, Jr. bought Van Cortlandt Manor & restored it; the site re-opened in 1959 under Sleepy Hollow Restorations.
See Part 1 here: http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/van-cortlandt-manor-1953-thru-1973.html
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