The Deyo House
In the early 1700s, Pierre Deyo began building a modest stone house for his family. Over time, what started as a one-room house was expanded to three rooms. The garret was outfitted as bedrooms and the house evolved into a charming farmhouse with simple Greek Revival details. Around the house, paddocks kept livestock close.
Circumstances changed dramatically in the 1890s, when Abraham Deyo Brodhead and his wife Gertrude Deyo Brodhead used their newly-found wealth to transform their family's ancestral home into a Colonial Revival showpiece. All evidence of the modest farmhouse and paddocks disappeared. Just the walls of two rooms of the old house remained and incorporated into a modern Queen Anne manse. Landscaped grounds complemented the stunning new house.
All of this occurred during as immigration and technology were rapidly changing the country and small towns such as New Paltz. One of the results was a heightened interest in ancestry.
The changes to the Deyo House did not go unnoticed. Newspapers were critical of the destruction of a colonial "relic" and urged residents to organize in order to prevent this fate for any of the other stone houses. This outcry led to the creation of the Huguenot Patriotic, Memorial and Historical Society — the beginning of a preservation movement that continues today.
With the support of the Deyo Family Association and the community, Gertrude and Abe's grand home is restored and open to the public.