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My house is on a 125-year-old historical site

Kidsday reporter Charlotte DeSimone of Oakdale in the

Kidsday reporter Charlotte DeSimone of Oakdale in the Artist Colony. Credit: DeSimone family

You might think it peculiar if people drove slowly by your house and took pictures, but when you live in a historical site, it is a typical Sunday afternoon. The Artist Colony in Oakdale is a 125-year-old historical site that was originally a farm on the Vanderbilt estate, then it was a community for artists and now it is regular houses. Tourists not only come to see the brick clock tower, they come to see the Artist Colony’s historical charm.

Once you enter the area, you are surrounded by brick houses that once were either a piggery, duck house, chicken coop, cheese house, eagle house, bullpen, or the hay loft (the clock tower). When I tell my friends I live in a 125-year-old chicken coop, they ask me if my house is small. Yes, it is small, has a tiny kitchen and only two closets, but it is cozy and charming just the same.

Another historical place is the old Vanderbilt summer hunting home that is now a college. My favorite part of the Artist Colony is the arches that you drive under when you enter the area. My home is not just a house, it is like living in history.

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