The Colonel Peter Vroman House: A House with History

The Colonel Peter Vroman House: A House with History


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The Colonel Peter Vroman house of Schoharie, New York reflects the history of its times – from the Mohawk Iroquois who first inhabited the land to Dutch slaveholders, from the Revolutionary War patriot Colonel Peter Vroman to millers establishing saw and grain mills, from an enterprising widow building an antiques business to a folk artist creating the on-site Easter Egg Museum, each lends a voice for telling the story of this house and of this country. Learn about shoes hidden in walls, mysterious markings in the cellar, an unrequited love-triangle, and even murder. Follow the growth of the country through the changes to the house, both inside and outside, through numerous maps and photographs. See the house from cellar to attic and learn how it has changed. Enjoy this beautifully illustrated, well-researched book about this historic house and gain insight into living with history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578441634
Publisher: Joseph Heyman
Publication date: 03/15/2019
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Berna (Levine) Heyman received an undergraduate degree in American History and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and a graduate degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA. Berna worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Most of her library career was spent at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg where she was a pivotal leader shaping the National movement for digital libraries. She retired from her position as Associate Dean of University Libraries, College of William and Mary, in 2007. Since retirement, she has been actively engaged on the Board of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation and the Board of the Christopher Wren Association of the College of William and Mary, a lifelong learning organization. Berna and Joe bought the Colonel Peter Vroman house in 2013. They modernized the interior and updated the infrastructure while preserving as much as possible. The Heymans became enthralled with the history of the house. Using her well-honed research skills, Berna spent three years researching and writing about the people who made the Vroman house their home. This work is the result of that research.

Joseph Heyman earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Northeastern University, Boston. His PhD in Physics was from Washington University in St. Louis. Joe retired from NASA Langley Research Center as its Chief Technologist in 2001 after a 37-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Heyman conducted groundbreaking research and development in many areas of diagnostic measurement science for NASA and was the founding Branch Head of the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch. After his retirement, Joe joined Luna Innovations Inc. and served as their Chief Scientific Officer. Joe teaches photography courses for the Christopher Wren Association of the College of William and Mary. He has had several one-man shows of his photography and has displayed his work in galleries in Virginia, New York, and Vermont. Joe accompanied his wife, Berna, on research trips and photographed many of the primary resources. His photographic expertise enhances the numerous photographs in the book.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • List of Maps
  • Timeline of the Colonel Vroman Property
  • Mohawk Iroquois Nation
  • The Old Schoharie Patent
  • John Eckerson; Thomas Eckerson
  • Adam B. Vroman; Colonel Peter Vroman
    • The Vroman (Vrooman) Family
    • Peter B. Vroman – Early Military Career
    • Peter B. Vroman – Pre-Revolution
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Revolutionary War Years
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – After the Revolution
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Church
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Native Americans
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Governance
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Hero or Not?
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Possessions
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Slavery
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – House
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Death and Memorials
    • Colonel Peter Vroman – Timeline

  • Angelica Vroman & Peter A. Vroman; Katie Vroman & Adam D. Hager
  • Jacob Fisher
  • John P. Griggs; Benjamin Griggs
  • Simeon Fairlee
  • Samuel B. Stevens (Stephens); Charles B. Stevens
  • Louise Stevens Vrooman
  • Charles S. Vrooman
  • Cora W. Vrooman & Mildred Vrooman
  • Berna & Joseph Heyman
  • Adjacent Property - Dietz House
  • Vroman House Description and Features
  • Bibliography
  • Appendixes

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