Richard Perry in front of the house in 2006. Credit: New York Times
Backstory and Context
During the Revolutionary War, Major General Israel Putnam headquartered here in 1779. The house's former owner, Beverly Johnson, was a loyalist and the state of New York confiscated the property. On two occasions that year, George Washington slept overnight at the house. In the 1920’s, the Gothic Revival elements that were added in the 1800’s were removed, returning the house back to its more original state. More recently, local preservationists have accused Perry of using the house for himself instead of opening it up to the general public, which is what Margaret Allan Gething stipulated in her will.
Wikipedia. January 15, 2018. Accessed November 14, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandeville_House.
Strom, Stephanie. Long After Revolutionary War, House Is Still a Battle Scene. The New York Times. June 16, 2006. Accessed November 14, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/16/us/16house.html?_r=0.