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This historic abandoned house in Monroe, New York was built around 1800 by farmer, Bernard Forshee. Also known as the Forshee-Jenkins House, it served as an inn in its early days to the Orange Turnpike, a toll road that stretched from New Jersey to Albany and once passed directly in front of the house.

Legend has it that Forshee decided to distinguish his house by painting it in a black and white checkerboard pattern that gave rise to its name as the Checkerboard Inn.

By the 20th century, the house was expanded to serve as a cottage for the family of New York silk merchant, Moses Migel. It would continue as a private residence up until the 1990s, when the property was acquired and became part of the Mansion Ridge Golf and Condominium Complex. The complex owners donated the historic house to the Town of Monroe, who have sought funds to restore it and turn it into a museum.

The Checkerboard Inn aka Forshee-Jenkins House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

This Orange Turnpike mile marker once stood in front of the house, but was sadly stolen many years ago.

References:

https://www.recordonline.com/article/20030712/NEWS/307129997

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkerboard_Inn


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