HISTORIC HOUSE ON RIDGE ROAD WHICH WAS USED DURING REVOLUTIONARY WAR by ROCHAMBEAU IS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING--TOWN SEEKING FUNDS TO RESTORE HOUSE
ON JULY 4TH LET'S REFLECT ON THE ROLE THE ODELL HOUSE HAD IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Odell House-Rochambeau Headquarters at 425 Ridge Road in the
Hartsdale section of Greenburgh. The early 1700’s farmhouse, which served as headquarters
for French General Rochambeau for six weeks in 1781 during the Philipsburg Encampment
The Town of Greenburgh is assisting the Sons of the American Revolution (private owner of the historic Odell House on Ridge Road) in seeking to obtain a grant to continue restoration efforts for the Odell House. We believe that at least $500,000 will have to be spent to save the building. In recent years, the condition of the house has deteriorated. A grant opportunity exists through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process (Environmental Protection Fund), which will be submitted later this month. The funds sought will be used for architectural planning/design and construction work for an initial phase of securing the house from a structural/safety standpoint. It is anticipated that additional funding will be necessary to bring the house full circle, to a point where the house is publicly accessible. The Odell House is part of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail and its history and story can only properly be conveyed through a restored site. Although the Town does not own the site, it is hoped that continued Town assistance can be a contributor towards the goal of preserving the Odell House.
It would be a crime not to take action. This house played an important role in our nation's history. There is currently a historic marker at the site of the house.
Paul Feiner Greenburgh Town Supervisor
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