Thomas Dodge Homestead
Thomas Dodge Homestead (circa 1721)
58 Harbor Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic
Yes, this is the Dodge Homestead, 100 years ago. There is a guy standing there with a bicycle, which was the most popular mode of transportation at the time, along with the horse, the buggy, and a few of those new fangled auto-mobiles.
Originally, the Dodge lands extended from the Mill Pond all the way to Hempstead Harbor, including most of Harbor Acres. (see Fred Blumlein's amazing map below)
Take a look at the next image, below, photographed last summer.
Not that much different, is it?
In the back is the original out-house (a three seater!!!), the last one in Port Washington. And of course we have our bees, tended by Ross, our bee-keeper. And we still overlook the Mill Pond, where 7 generations of the Dodge family lived, worked, prayed, and raised their families while the little village of Port Washington grew up all around them.
Come visit us for our Spring Fling! It's free! It's our annual open house, with live music, house tours, talks with our bee-keeper, light refreshments, a few antiques for sale, and perhaps some model boat racing just across the street. Sit on our lawn chairs. Buy some local honey or pressed-flower cards. It's an old time relaxing kinda day! Join us, and slow down for a few minutes!
This photograph doesn't do justice to the amazing Japanese Maple on the left side of the frame. A wonderful article by our Trustee, Ross Lumpkin, does however.