In the bowels of North White Plains, across from a giant cement factory and a stone’s throw from the Metro North switching station sits, abandoned, the Elijah Miller House, a farmhouse where George Washington slept and plotted strategy during the Battle of White Plains in 1776.
A good video clip put together by the town helps to understand the plight.
Peter Applebome of the The New York Times wrote about it on July 4, 2010, an article called A House with a Role in the Revolution is Left Unprotected. With the article, this accompanying photo of the home, then.
I went down there today on this gray and rainy day; chains across the driveway and barbed wire fencing made it even sadder to view. A giant tarp over the roof, leaving the entire home unprotected from the elements.
George is likely rolling over in his grave that this home sits to rot and fall in on itself. My first instinct is that it should be moved, one board at a time, and reconstructed on a safer and more visitor-friendly site that is also Washington related, like Mount Vernon. This is such a part of our American history and should be saved. I will do my part by helping the cause but I fear my small donation won’t do anything until such a time when an angel and history buff comes in and takes over the project with private funds.