Weigant’s Tavern is one of those special buildings in Newburgh surrounded by history, mystery, and neglect. It might look like scrap wood to you, but this building is special with Weigant Family connections to the Revolutionary War. According to local historian Mary McTamaney, the original tavern was located at the north side of Broad Street just east of Liberty. The building was most likely moved during the 1930’s, and it is unlikely any of the original 18th-century building parts remain.
However, as Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun stated,”The structure was moved and repaired so we’ll never know how much of the configuration is original. But the care given to moving the structure in the 1930’s illustrates a chapter of Colonial Revivalism in the early 20th century. I think this story, especially in a city so rich with Revolutionary War connections, is important to remember. We weren’t only the place where Washington headquartered, we are also the place that pioneered the historic preservation of sites associated with the founding era. The tavern reminds us that if not for the local militias and committees of safety (the men who rose up from the community to take a stand against the monarchy), Washington’s army would not have come into existence. We can’t explain the success of the Army without telling the story of what happened in the colony’s taverns.”
It is exciting to learn that Thomas Burr Dodd of RipRap LLC will oversee the rehabilitation of Weigant’s Tavern (also spelled Weigand and Weygant). The interior condition is much worse than anything that you can imagine just by judging from the outside. There isn’t one right angle in this entire building. The floors are warped, the walls are disintegrating and everything else is collapsing. It is little wonder it hasn’t imploded. Where does one even begin on a project like this? In the first few minutes of talking to Dodd, you realize he has a passion for history and old buildings. He has tentative plans to create an office here, but would also consider other possibilities like renting out to a tenant who wants to restore the original tavern use.
The abandonment that plagued this corner of the Old Town Cemetery made it an incredibly frightful place. Hopefully, the development of Weigant’s Tavern will be one more building block to the revitalization of northern Liberty.
*Please note, there are no tours of the tavern and you should not try to gain entry. For now, enjoy these photos of the current condition.
Someone is betting there are high-end buyers looking for well finished renovated homes in the City of Newburgh with this makeover. This home is massive, and according to the listing it is just 1 family. Check out Google maps to see what this house looked like before. It was blue with trees so tall you couldn’t see the house. Now, the entire home has been completely renovated with plenty of original historical details still in place. Make sure to click through to the link to see all of the interior photographs.
403 Grand Street Newburgh NY (Desiree Osorio, Legacy land & Homes) Asking Price: $479,900 Year Built: 1890 Size: 3,732 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $13,990 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
The City of Newburgh is accepting requests for proposals for the purchase and rehabilitation of 257 Liberty Street. All proposals are due by December 7th. You can find the entire file for the RFP here. This building is historically significant, estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. Fortunately the city has given extensive details of the building, hoping they will entice the right developer.
The City of Newburgh is seeking a developer to repurpose this building for a public use that will serve the community and incorporate the use and maintenance of the adjacent public park into its programming.
The building at 257 Liberty Street is estimated to have been constructed between 1867 and 1872. It was first used as a parsonage for Calvary Presbyterian Church. Calvary Presbyterian Church originally stood next to the parsonage, on the lot of the present-day playground of Audrey Carey Park. The congregation of Calvary Presbyterian Church had separated from First Presbyterian Church (then located at the corner of First and Montgomery Streets) and built their own church at the location known today as 251 Liberty Street. In the 1940s, Calvary Church once again merged with the First Presbyterian Church. The reunited congregations occupied – and continue to occupy – the Frederick Clarke Withers’ Calvary Presbyterian Church that stands today at the corner of Grand and South Streets. During the 1940s, the vacated Liberty Street Calvary Church was acquired by the City of Newburgh. The City briefly considered using the church as a firehouse but instead, shortly after World War II, decided to demolish it and create a park. The parsonage, though, remained. Beginning in the 1950s, 257 Liberty housed the City’s Building Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Surrogate Court Office and Civil Defense Office. Through much of the 1960s the Red Cross and the Orange County Heart Association had offices in the building. By 1968, most of the municipal departments and the health organizations had left the building. The Newburgh Youth Corp moved into the building in the late 1960s, followed shortly thereafter by the Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC). The NCAC had offices at 257 Liberty Street for nearly 20 years until they also left the building. The building and playground subsequently fell into disrepair. In 2004, the playground was rehabilitated and dedicated to a former Newburgh Mayor Audrey Carey. The building remains unoccupied and continues to deteriorate.
This house is located between Liberty and Grand Street, neighbors to some beautiful homes in Newburgh. There is much work to be done here. But if you love old homes, this home could be rehabilitated or preserved wonderfully.
90 Broad Street Newburgh NY (Brian Smith, River Realty) Asking Price: $284,900 Year Built: 1890 Size: 3,366 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: $12,475 Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
This is a home on Grand Street between Clinton and South Streets. Looking at the photos, many details have been preserved. It is being listed as a 4-family home, which explains the fire escape on the facade. Click through to the listing to see more photos.
244 Grand St Newburgh NY (Kathryn De Crosta, John J Lease) Asking Price: $279,000 Year Built: 1900 Size: 4,000 sq ft Taxes: $13,122 Neighborhood: MGL Distance to NYC: 57.9 mi, 1 hour 2 mins Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map
Just like its neighbor that I posted 2 weeks ago, this property is in a rough area. It is located at the northern end of Liberty Street, at the corner of Clinton Street. So why bother sharing this? Well I think there is a unique situation here with many of the properties in this exact area on the market or having been on the market this year. And I suspect they were taken down, not sold. There is potential here to have an investor buy up essentially this entire corner and change things around. With the right goals in mind, it is not impossible to do. But it does require an intentional plan for this area. It’s more than just getting renters in the door. Eastern Clinton Street is quite nice and there is potential to carry that over west to this corner. If this property interests you check out the following properties on the market:
362 Liberty Street Newburgh NY (John J Lease) Asking Price: $345,000 Year Built: 1890 Size: 4,984 sq ft Neighborhood: MGL Taxes: Distance to NYC: 55.7 mi, 1 hr 2 mins Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84 Google Map