The Bronx County Historical Society

3309 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467


History :

Blacksmith Isaac Valentine built this four-level fieldstone farm house in 1758 near the Boston Post Road. His property included a blacksmith shop, outhouses, farmland, and a number of slaves. His homestead was later the site of six skirmishes between American troops and British forces, who occupied the house for most of the Revolutionary War. After the Revolution, the Valentines fell on hard times and the Dutch Reformed Church seized the property. In 1791, the house passed into the hands of the Varian family. In 1905, William F. Beller purchased it.The Valentine -Varian House est.1758 In 1965, his son, William C. Beller, generously donated the historic house to The Society to be used as a museum.

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