James G. & Isaac A. DeForest - June 21, 1845 - Newspaper article
Poughkeepsie Journal [NY newspaper] - Sunday, July 22, 2001
Restoration of 150-year-old house yields time capsule
By Nik Bonopartis
MILLBROOK -- Mason F. Lord Jr. was doing routine setup work on a
150-year-old house in the Town of Washington in late June when he uncovered
a piece of local history.
''We were doing foundation work on the house at the time,'' he said.
brought in a restoration craftsman to take a look at the columns for future
restoration, and that's when I looked inside and saw the package.''
Inside the fluted Doric column was a mysterious gift from the past.
''It was wrapped very neatly in newspaper, like a present,'' said Lord.
had twine wrapped around it just like a present, four sides and tied in a
bow, and then nailed inside the column.''
Lord, realizing he had stumbled onto something special, rushed the package
to the owners of the Millbrook home, who requested they not be named.
Inside the package was a June 21, 1845, edition of the Poughkeepsie Journal
and Eagle, the forerunner of today's Poughkeepsie Journal, and a short note
dated June 16 of the same year: ''To future generations, greetings
The letter, written by James G. DeForest, who is believed to be the original
homeowner, identified his older brother, Isaac A. DeForest, as the builder
of the home. Others who helped build the house also were identified.
The package contained the note and newspapers, but renovators have found
several hundred reminders of the home's history -- pieces of porcelain,
glass containers and smoking pipes were found near the house. Old farm tools
were also discovered on the property.
It was the first time in 25 years of renovation work Lord and his company,
Sherman, Conn.-based Hudson Valley Preservation, had found a time capsule.
George Linkletter, an associate of Lord's, said he thought the fact the
package was kept a secret made the find even more exciting.
''It's a great idea to think that this guy put this little package together
and didn't tell anybody, and it's been up there for 150 years,''
said. ''I would've been dying to tell someone.'
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