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Square House Museum

1 Purchase St. Rye , NY 914-967-7588

The exterior of the Square House Museum, which

The exterior of the Square House Museum, which serves as headquarters of the Rye Historical Society. When the building was a tavern in the 18th century, it hosted visits by George Washington (twice) and John Adams. (Feb. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Photo by Chris Serico

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Built circa 1730 by Peter Brown, the Square House served as a tavern in the late 18th century, when President George Washington did, indeed, sleep here, and John Adams, Samuel Adams and General Lafayette also stopped by for a visit. After returning to residential use in 1835, it wasn't until the early 20th century that its disrepair inspired the then-village of Rye to renovate it and use it as a municipal building through 1964, when officials moved their headquarters across the street to City Hall. Since then, the Square House has functioned as both a museum and a home to the Rye Historical Society, which has maintained the building to evoke the look and feel of the original tavern.  -Chris Serico


Tu-Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-3p.m.


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