The Locusts

A home of incomparable grace, this 18th century residence (“The Locusts”) was the original manor house for the estate that included all of what is present day Scarsdale.  Built by Major William Popham,  a revolutionary war officer, (husband of Mary Morris and father of Major William S. Popham), whose portraits are among the collections of The National Portrait Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum and who succeeded his compatriot George Washington as the 7th  President of the Society of the Cincinnati, this house has stood witness to history, hosting such luminaries as Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Jay, the Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben and General Clinton.    
 

In the 19th century, James Fenimore Cooper cast it as the setting for his novel “The Spy.”  Other notable figures associated with this home include James Whistler (and his mother) and Hudson River School painter Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait 

 

Its many features include 6,000 square feet occupying four stories, a romantic wraparound porch, imposing front door, and a grand entry hall by which you are led to all first floor rooms. Floor to ceiling paneling (raised panel) in the entry hall and the dramatic 2nd floor landing, as well as stunning staircase, floors and windows, are just a few of the remarkable architectural details.  With versatile living space which includes a vaulted great room on the third floor and several rooms on the lower level, this home, beautifully flanked by the locust trees for which it is named, is indisputably complete and enchanting to lovers of old and new.  View the attachments below!

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Ann Galvani,
Jun 30, 2008, 12:25 PM
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Ann Galvani,
Jun 30, 2008, 12:22 PM
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Ann Galvani,
Jun 30, 2008, 12:25 PM
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