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Somers Reynolds House To Benefit From Stone House Event

The Somers Land Trust is having a fundraiser in The Stone House (below) to benefit the Reynolds House (above).
The Somers Land Trust is having a fundraiser in The Stone House (below) to benefit the Reynolds House (above). Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

SOMERS, N.Y. – If you have been passing the handsome and unique Stone House on Route 202 in Somers and wondering about its history and its interior, soon you will have a chance to find out all about it.

The Somers Land Trust will host a fundraiser at the Stone House, now the home of the Richard and Christine Beshar, in order to raise money for another house, the derelict Reynolds House in the Angle Fly Preserve.

The Greek Revival style Stone House, built in 1849, originally was the estate Gerald Crane, a prominent Somers citizen and one of the local circus/menagerie entrepreneurs. Built of unusually toned locally quarried granite, the house sits on a 30-acre tract, completely surrounded by stone walls, with several adjunct structures. The interior is especially admired for its unusual, classically inspired plaster moldings and its European marble mantlepieces.

The fundraiser will feature guided tours of the house, accompanied by refreshments of wine and hors d’oeuvres, and will include a silent auction. Right now, the Land Trust is seeking vendors, businesses and individuals who might like to donate prizes, food, wine and other items.

Earnings from The Stone House will be put toward restoring the Reynolds house and its outbuildings to their original late 18th century character. When the work is completed, the building will be used as a conservation learning center.

The Somers Land Trust fundraiser to benefit the Reynolds House will be from 3-5 p.m. April 21. Tickets are $100 per person, tax-deductible, and space is limited, so reserve early.

If you would like to make a contribution or a reservation, contact or write Denise Schirmer, Somers Land Trust, PO Box 248, Somers, NY 10589.

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