Historic Huguenot house for sale in New Paltz

A rare piece of Hudson Valley history is on display at the market. Major Jacob Hasbrouck Jr.’s home was listed at 191 Huguenot Street in New Paltz in late May for $1,495,000. The Dutch stone house has been inhabited only by members of the Hasbrouck family since it was built in 1786. Now is the time for the new owners of the 4,288-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom property set on three acres.

“The house has been in the family’s possession for many years since it was built—different branches of the family tree, but cousins,” said Paul Hasbrouck. My father inherited the house from my grandfather’s cousin. I’ve lived my whole life there.”

Paul’s father Richard passed away in 2015 and he and his siblings made the decision to sell. “The house must have been loved and none of us were particularly interested in grabbing it and moving on,” he said.

Ideally, the Hasbrookes would love to transport the house to a host who is charmed by its original character: 20-inch-thick walls, cedar rocking ceiling, old windows, interior doors with latch (no doorknobs here!), two Dutch doors, a vault of Field stone, beams galore, 18-inch-wide laminate floors, and plenty of history. “There is so much to love. It’s fantastic,” said Paul, 58, the youngest of Richard’s four children.

“You’re going to a historically-minded buyer,” said Sally Sprogis, associate realtor with Keeler Williams Hudson Valley North. Sprogis had some interest, but adds, “This is not the house you’d put on the market and expect to be gone for the weekend.”

The Hasbrouck siblings “are in no hurry;” They want to find the right buyer. “To me, the house is priceless,” said Paul, who now lives outside Boston in an old Victorian house. He personally hopes a family will move in. “Growing up in a stone house is a unique life,” he said.

Huguenot Street was settled in the 1770s by the Huguenots, a group of French Calvinists fleeing religious persecution in present-day Belgium. Prior to European colonization, the area had long been home to the Esopus tribe of Native Americans.



While Paul Hasbrouck is well aware of the history he grew up in as Hasbrouck on Huguenot Street – his father and grandfather were Reformed Church historians – he mostly thinks of the street and home as a poet’s place. You don’t have to be a descendant of the original New Paltz patent holders. “Let the kids grow up in the house and have access to the property like I did,” he said. “Someone who can catch the ball or play soccer on the front lawn.”

Beyond history, there is nature. “I would like the house to go to someone who appreciates the mountain view from the property. You have beautiful views of Bonticou and, depending on the time of year, Sky Top,” he said.

Any buyer would need deep pockets and an appetite for a restoration project that could last several years, Sprogis said. While Historic Street Huguenot looks like a natural new owner, the organization’s focus has been on preserving first generation homes. “Jacob’s Pioneer House is a very historic property, but it’s basically almost third generation,” Paul said. (Major Jacob was the great-grandson of Jan Hasbrouck, one of the original European settlers of Huguenot Street. He lived in Jan Hasbrouck’s house before the 191 Huguenot was built.)

There have, of course, been some changes in the house since 1786. In 1812, five rooms were added. In 1910, Paul’s grandfather’s cousin inherited the house and maintained it through two wars and the Great Depression, Sprogis said. She rebuilt fireplaces, added chimneys, and introduced the home’s first bathroom and heating system. In 1964, when Richard Hasbrouck moved in, he added insulation, central oil heating, better electricity, and a game room in the Great Basement, where Paul’s brother’s band trained during his adolescence.

“Over the years, some renovations have been made, but no one has removed any of the original character,” said Sprogis.

Although locals and history buffs want to come see the property without interest, Sprogis recommends who can make an appointment. “We require prequalification letters, so we know the buyer can afford the house. We know there are lookie-loos who just want to see it,” she said. Although she also calls and talks to people before setting up shows, there have been some questionable guidelines.

“Someone walked in there and said, ‘We’re going to take down this wall.’ These walls are 20 inch thick stone walls! Looking at the picture of Jacob Hasbrouck in the hallway, I could feel his eyes rolling. He laughed.”

Although Sprogis feels Jacob Hasbrouck is watching over the house–and she is–Paul Hasbrooke doesn’t think his childhood home is haunted. “Without a doubt there might be souls. Growing up as a Hasbrouck at home, I just felt supported and confident. There were absolutely no worries,” he said. “My parents died there. I’m sure others have done it. I don’t think there was a nefarious spirit among anyone who died there.”

Inside packages galore.

Laszlo Andax

Huguenot Street was settled in the 1770s by the Huguenots, a group of French Calvinists fleeing religious persecution in present-day Belgium.

Huguenot Street was settled in the 1770s by the Huguenots, a group of French Calvinists fleeing religious persecution in present-day Belgium.

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The house has a field stone basement.

The house has a field stone basement.

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It is a house with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

It is a house with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

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18 inch wide wood floors throughout the house.

18 inch wide wood floors throughout the house.

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“You’re going to a historically-minded buyer,” said Sally Sprogis, associate realtor with Keeler Williams Hudson Valley North.

Laszlo Andax

Interior doors have a historical charm, with latches and no door handles.

Interior doors have a historical charm, with latches and no door handles.

Laszlo Andax

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