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Historic Home Topic of Little Red Schoolhouse Talk Saturday

The Little Red Schoolhouse in Cortlandt Manor hosting a talk John Jones Home Saturday at 2 p.m. The talk will be given by the home's new owner, Paul van Hagen.

The John Jones Home in Cortlandt:  Its History & Architecture will be the topic of a talk by the new owner of the historic home on Saturday, February 16th, at 2 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.  The afternoon event is sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society and open free to the public.

Paul van Hagen, P.E., a professional engineer who resides in the 18th century farmhouse with his 

family, will lead a presentation on the history and architectural aspects of the Jones home,  which is listed on the National  Register of Historic Places.  Joining him will be representatives of The Society for The Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture (HVVA).  The HVVA is a not-for-profit organization which studies and assesses Dutch Vernacular Architecture in the Hudson Valley region.  

A survey team will be visiting the Jones Home earlier on Saturday.  The Dutch Colonial-type home, circa 1750, is located at the corner of Durrin Avenue and Oregon Road.

Mr. van Hagen, a native of Hampshire, England, purchased the Jones home in 2010.  He moved there from the famous John Reed home on Mt. Airy Road in Croton.  He and his wife, Sarah, have 3 children.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Kingston University in London.  A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has several honors in his special discipline of building major long-span bridges.  

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the northern end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt.  For more information, visit: www.vancort.net;  or, call (914) 736-7868.

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