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 Walter Brewster House decorated for the holidays

Volunteers show off their festive decorations

BREWSTER – One of Putnam County’s most iconic structures, the Walter Brewster House, built in a Greek revival style in 1850 by Brewster Village founder Walter Brewster, has become the village’s showplace just in time for the holidays.

A small army of volunteers from the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club converged on the National Register of Historic Places landmark Thursday and within four hours time decorated the interior and exterior of the structure that overlooks the village high on a hill.

The property is owned and operated by the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast and is used year round as an event venue and cultural center.

The history of the house dates back to the mid-19th century when Brewster and his brother purchased a farm. The former New York and Harlem Railroad was working its way north from Manhattan and not only did Brewster build a railroad depot, but also designed the village’s Main Street while founding its first hotel.

 


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