Celebrating history: Old homes designated as landmarks

The Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission has been busy this year researching the history of some of the local buildings in the village. Commission member, Carolyn Gerakopoulos, said that over the past eleven years of its existence, the commission has designated 30 or more buildings in the village as worthy of landmark status.

This year's recipients were honored by Sheriff William F. Bonney, aka, Sue Greenhagen, the village historian. Bonney was the sheriff of the Morrisville in the 1800's when Madison Hall was the county courthouse and was in office during the time of the Loomis Gang, the infamous family of rogues.

The recipients this year included the Reidy Block, the red brick building now found on the corner of Eaton Street and Route 20 on the East side. The block was built by John Reidy, a harness maker and business man. The house that currently serves as the offices of Nodell and Jones appears to have been moved from that corner "a few rods south" to make way for Reidy's building. The building has Romanesque Revival features with arched windows and fancy brick work.

At times in its history it has served as the home of the local newspaper, a general store and the post office.

The second recipient of the landmark plaque is the home of Charles and Barbara Bostic at 121 East Main St.. It is known as the Cramphin House because it was built by Alexander Cramphin, a lawyer, who moved to the area from Prince George's County, Md. He served as a justice of the peace and notary public as well as an attorney in the area.

The main features of the building that remain are a bay window and side entrance as well as what appears to be a summer kitchen that was added on after the building was first erected. A close look at the foundation shows the transition from the old stone work to the newer concrete block confirming the suspicion of an addition. The current owners have found many items that belonged to the Masons, who used the home as their meeting place during the past century.

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