7. The British Sentenced Nathan Hale at Mount Pleasant

General Howe used Mount Pleasant for one of its headquarters during the Revolutionary War. While it is debated where the American Nathan Hale was actually hung (competing plaques claim to be the site in Manhattan), firsthand reports suggest that the captive was taken to the Beekman mansion property for his trial and sentencing. As written in the 1856 book Life of Captain Nathan Hale: the martyr-spy of the American revolutionthe greenhouse next to the mansion “was empty of plants, and is reported and believed by many descendants of Mr. Beekman to have been the spot where Hale received his sentence.”