8. A Former Turtle Bay Mansion Played a Role in the Revolutionary War

Image from New York Public Library from Washington Irving’s Life of Washington

James Beekman, a Whig, built a mansion on the northern part of Turtle Bay Farm, on a promontory bordering the East River. When the British used this home for headquarters during the Revolutionary War, Beekman and his family left, but lived there until 1854. The mansion was torn down in 1874, and a parlor and bedroom from the mansion can still be seen at the New York Historical Society. Today, Beekman Place between 49th Street and 51st Street just north of the United Nations serves as a reminder of the history of the family.