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Title Rip Van Winkle House
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 22, 1889
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Front and side view of a two and a half story clapboard house with a two-story porch in front and a one-story wing to the left. In front of the house is a horse-drawn carriage and a group of 3 men and 3 women standing on the porch. Sign above the second-floor porch: "RIP VAN WINKLE BOARDING HO[USE]." The house is surrounded by dense woods. Identified by the photographer's inscription as "Rip Van Winkle House, Catskill, Thursday Aug. 22, 1889, Carbutt light no. 25 plate, Fine bright day 11:50 AM, Perken lense stop 22, 2 secs"
(Keywords: New York)
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The Rip Van Winkle Boarding House was located in Sleepy Hollow, just north of the town of Palenville, in New York's Catskill Mountains. It was said to be the site where Rip Van Winkle took his legendary nap. Travelers used it as a stop-over on their way to the Catskill Mountain House.

The building no longer stands; it burned down around 1918.
Earliest Date 1889
Latest Date 1889
Subjects Hotels
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.6884
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2013.
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