The Waccabuc Historic District
Established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.
The Division for Historic Preservation in the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation coordinates the National Register program in New York State, as well as the parallel State Register program.
The Waccabuc Historic District was approved for listing on the NY State Register in March 2015 and subsequently listed on July 28, 2015 on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Waccabuc Historic District consists of 524 acres within the hamlet of Waccabuc. The district includes the Enoch Mead family’s landholdings, which developed into Waccabuc in 1780. Waccabuc treasures like the Old Field Preserve, Mead Memorial Chapel and the Post Office building are included in the historic district’s boundaries. The architecture and landscape has maintained a high level of integrity, without too many substantial changes over several generations. One can walk along Mead Street and still see – and imagine – what it looked like over 100 years ago.
The guidelines for properties that fall under the historic district include that they are a minimum of 50 years old, that the properties be contiguous, and the historic features of structures are maintained.
According to the National Park Service, the National Register is “the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.” It is also part of a national program designated to “coordinate and support public and private effort to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”
EXPLORE THE Properties
Let’s take a visual tour of some of the properties, starting at the Mead Street entrance at Route 35 and then heading north. We’ll be going in reverse of the route that the Comte de Rochambeau took with the French Army troops under his command, as he marched from Hartford, CT, down Mead Street, en route to join General Washington in Mt. Kisco, NY. The combined forces then marched south, for crucial victories in the War of Independence over the British Army under the command of Lt. General Cornwallis at Yorktown, VA and the Battle of the Chesapeake. (see Elmdon entry)
1. Mead Cemetery
2. The Gaard House, 33 Mead Street
3. The Hunt Homes, 20 & 24 Mead Street
4. The Homestead, 36 Mead Street
5. The Cider Mill, 8 Schoolhouse Road
6. Schoolhouses on Schoolhouse Road (no longer standing)
7. Old Field Preserve
8. Elmdon, 49 Mead Street
9. The Gilbert House, 68 Mead Street
10. Waccabuc Country Club, 90 Mead Street (formerly Indian Spring Farm)
11. The Waccabuc Post Office, 2 Post Office Road
12. The Orchard House, 12 Post Office Road
13. The Studwell House, 107 Mead Street
14. Pinecroft Preserve
15. Pine Croft Farm, 102 Mead Street
16. Croft Farm, 106 Mead Street
17. Tarry-A-Bit, 8 Tarry-a-Bit Road
18. The Bungalow Club (no longer standing)
19. Long Pond Preserve
20. The Waccabuc Hotel (no longer standing)
21. Fair Acre, 4 Chapel Road
22. Lakeview, 14 Chapel Road
23. Jared Mead House, 55 Chapel Road
24. Mead Memorial Chapel, 2 Chapel Road
25. Hendy Hap, 152 Mead Street
26. Tredinock, 163 Mead Street
27. Meeko, 166 Mead Street
28. The Cahoone House, 181 Mead Street (only boathouse remains)
29. Lake Waccabuc, Castle Rock, Marilyn Monroe, & more
30. Franklin markers
A final word about the sources for the Historic District section of this website. All historic photos are courtesy of the Mead- Studwell Foundation, Mead Memorial Chapel. All contemporary photos are courtesy of Linda Broudy. The History tab of the “About Waccabuc” page lists the various published reference sources that have been used to create the information presented here.