Look Inside Historic 1859 Hudson Valley Home on Market For $530K
A 19th century home built in 1859 is a piece of history that's now for sale.
According to Brownstoner, the home was once owned by J. Frank Hull who manufactured wool pants in a downtown Poughkeepsie factory. In the 1890s, Dutchess trousers were known for their durability. In fact, the company guaranteed their customers that if a button fell off they would get 10 cents, and if the pants ever got ripped they would get $1.
The pants were a huge success and allowed Hull to purchase this home on Academy Street. When he moved into the home, Hull was a widower. He and his daughter live there alone for two years until he remarried a stenographer from his company. In 1896 Hull was elected mayor of Poughkeepsie and continued to reside at the house.
In fact, Hull and his family loved the home so much that they decided to stay there even after a fire ripped through the library after a match from a lit cigar sparked the contents of a wastepaper basket. In 1897 renovations were made to the entire first floor, which was completely destroyed in the fire.
Hull lived at the home with daughter from his first marriage along with his wife and three more children. They also had a live-in nurse, cook and two servants.
Today the 6 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is for sale by Houlihan Lawrence for $530,000. It's located just across from the Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of Barclay street.