This historic stone house in New Windsor, New York is believed to have been built around 1817, based on a diary note by John Denniston. According to Denniston family lore, it was John’s older brother, Samuel Moffat Deniston who built the house and used salvaged timbers from New Windsor Cantonment’s Temple of Virtue, the famous building where George Washington gave a speech that prevented a potential military coup.
The famous children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), bought the house and used it as her summer home. Burnett liked the surrounding Hudson Valley scenery because it reminded her of the lower Alps.
Today, the house sits abandoned and boarded up on the Cornwall High School property.