Van Etten-Dumond “Spy” House // c.1726

One of my favorite houses in Hurley is the Dumond House (also known as the “Spy House”), a pre-Revolutionary stone cottage built in Dutch traditions. The house is one and one-half stories high, and is built of limestone. The limestone walls are of various thickness, from a nearby quarry, with the square ends laid up in mortar made of clay, and pointed with lime mortar outside. The house was built by Jacobus Van Etten (1696-1779) and used as a Guard House during the American Revolution. In 1777, it was famous for housing the convicted British spy, Lt. Daniel Taylor after he was caught carrying a message between British Generals Henry Clinton and John Burgoyne. Lt. Taylor was arrested as a British spy, convicted in court of spying and held in the basement of the Du Mond House as a prisoner. He was hung on October 18, 1777 from a nearby tree. American soldiers encamped in the area were paraded by the body as a warning to any potential British sympathizers. The home was later owned by the Dumond Family. It has been owned by the Kent family since 1933.

2 thoughts on “Van Etten-Dumond “Spy” House // c.1726

  1. Marlin Williams September 20, 2022 / 7:50 pm

    Looks like a cottage out of “The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent”, Washington Irving’s Hudson Valley stories. Incidentally Irving’s home is still extant; not exactly New England, but not far from the Ct border.

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    • Buildings of New England September 21, 2022 / 11:08 am

      Its always fun to explore out of the region as well! 🙂 The Hudson Valley is pretty amazing (and close!)


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