This stately Georgian Colonial was erected in local brick in 1910 so as to maximize views of its elongated Hudson River shoreline and distant prospects of the Berkshire Mountains. Wedding Present Farm (73± acres) is set amongst a string of storied Manor Houses and River Estate Farms south of Albany that articulated life for prominent families. It borders conserved land including the 330 acre working farm at its northern border. It and its Manor House were once owned by the notable lawyer, merchant and agronomist Edward Townsent Reed. The Hudson River House with Cupola at southern border was owned by the proprietor of Knickerbocker Ice.
The house proudly displays classical architecture in over-sized and high-ceilinged Public Rooms admitting light at both ends, centered on delicately carved fireplaces and enjoying oak floors. Exterior Porched Entrances are of classical Grecian styling and columned iteration, either with hand-carved volutes or Corinthian capitals. The River Doorway, Foyer and Staircase are of an equal prominence as the Front Entrance. The bookcased Living Room (29'x 17') yields through french doors on each side of the carved fireplace to a large columned South Porch with a brick breastworked fireplace that connects to the Postern. Above it, a large roofed Terrace is accessed by french doors from a Bed Room. The Dining Room (29'x 17') is expressed by high paneled wainscotting, a carved fireplace mantel and oak floors. The adjoining Kitchen Dining Room ((19'x 17') is fireplaced and is open to the Kitchen (24'x 12') and Butler's Pantry with marble countertops.
Second story Bed Rooms, Baths and hallways are amply proportioned. The Master Bed Room is 31'x 17'. The Third Story Ball Room (40'x25') has two facing fireplaces and wide board floors.
Ancient and stately specimen deciduous and nondeciduous trees grace the grounds, including the massive tuliptree near the South Porch.
Ancillary dwellings include a 3400 s.f. Tudor-styled Guest House and two other three bedroomed Guest Houses. These are supported by three barns, garages and fields. The long elegant and gated gravel driveway is curvilinear and penetrates Entrance Woods from River Road, is graced by two naturally delineated Entrance Ponds and meanders through woods past set piece Guest Houses and Carriage Barns to an utterly private Wedding Present Farm.
An inground Pool and Shelter are north of the Main House North Porch. A long serpentine driveway descends from the house to the steel bridge over the Bennekill tributary of the Hudson to the 42 acre Shad Island included in the estate, comprised of woods, fields, trails and extended Hudson River frontage. It directly faces on the Hudson River eastern shore the pristine wooded shoreline of the 1052 acre Schodack Island State Park and Boat Launch. Wedding Present Farm is handy to Albany, the NYS Throughway, the Mass Pike, skiing, and numerous shore Towns.
Wedding Present Farm was erected as a summer home by Edward & Martha V. A. (Van Antwerp) Easton, on land conveyed as a wedding present by neighbor and close friend Edward Townsend Reed in 1907. Reed and Easton were prominent Albany attorneys, Yale men and mercantilists, Reed in seed; Easton as a lumber baron. Martha's son-in-law Ten Eyck Powell, upon marriage to her daughter Kate V.A. Easton, joined the household and they raised their family there. Ten Eyck Powell was scion of the original Coeymans family, which owned Powell & Minnock Brick Co., which later exclusively supplied all the brick to Co-op City and at whose yard the 145th Street Bridge was assembled.