Frederick Philipse I arrived in New Amsterdam around 1650, married each of two wealthy women, one of whom owned her own ships and ran her family's shipping business including engagement in the slave trade. Beginning in 1672 Frederick and his then wife gradually acquired more than 90,000 acres of land in five NY counties, Albany, New Jersey and Barbados. The Philipse Manor Hall (c. 1682) was at first used as a storehouse but eventually, as room after room was added, served as a grand country house By the mid 18th century, Philipse's descendant, Frederick Philipse III, retained strong Loyalist beliefs and was thus arrested on George Washington's order. He ended up fleeing first to British-occupied New York City and then to England. The Manor Hall served many functions until New York State acquired it in 1908. Today it serves as a museum and hosts events. Anyone interested in precolonial history will likely enjoy exploring the rooms and reading the associated explanations. The descriptions of early slave trade are truly powerful, and in the foyer there's a display with related quotations from many U.S. presidents. Although this site would benefit from a significant facelift, it is certainly worth a visit.
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