Cottages To Castles – A Tour of Historic Southeast Properties

The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast presents an historic property tour on Sunday July 13th

Brewster,NY July 13, 2014:  The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast will be presenting some of Southeast’s most historic properties.

Each of the properties selected for the tour reflects a distinct era in Southeast’s history:

  • the 1795 Ryder Homestead in the Starr Ridge Historic District, today it is also a certified organic farm and artist’s retreat
  • Morningthorpe on Turk Hill, one of Southeast’s “Castles.” It was owned and remodeled to replicate an English Tudor Manor in 1893 by circus entrepreneur Seth B. Howes. It was bought in 1980 by the Delancey Street Foundation and restored along with the adjoining buildings.
  • The Madrey Farm, An Italian style fieldstone castle was the weekend estate of famous music publisher Max Dreyfus and his horse breeder wife Victoria. The Castle is currently the sales office for the Fortune Home Builders. The Barn and playhouse are now part of the Castle Hill riding establishment owned by US Equestrian Olympian McClain Ward.
  • Drewcliff Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable Putnam County residents from the late 1700’s until 1962.
  • The Walter Brewster House, an 1850 Greek Revival Mansion built by Walter Brewster, the founder of the Village of Brewster. It has been restored inside and out by the Landmarks Preservation Society with furniture of the period since 1977. It is the society’s headquarters, available for tours, events and rentals to the public.


Docents will answer questions and share fascinating facts about each property. Drive your own vehicle to each location or use the Society’s “Shuttle to History” and park your car at the Walter Brewster House for the day. The tour begins at 1pm at the Walter Brewster House, 43 Oak Street in Brewster. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, by mail or at the door. It includes light fare served at the end of the tour. Proceeds of the tour will benefit the Society’s ongoing preservation of their three historic properties and fund educational programs on preservation and local history. “These properties are prime examples of Southeast’s architectural heritage as well as the character of individual neighborhoods,” said Erin E. Meagher, President of the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast. Checks can be mailed to the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast 12 Main Street #218 Brewster, NY 10509. For more information email or call 845-279-7429.

Contact: Erin E. Meagher, President

The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast Inc. 12 Main Street #218 Brewster, NY