|William Denning's mansion built on 45 acres on the southern point.|
Photo Credit: Jim Heron sharing his knowledge on Beacon Citizen.
|Bricks from the Denning's Point Brick Works.|
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin
At Presqu’ile, all the splendors (and eventual downfalls) of the pre-industrial antibellum age were experienced by Emily Denning Van Rensselaer et al, with the sweeping lawns and elegant parties. But amid this grandeur, Ramsedell, or “Old Man Tardy” as he was known to some, cleared a third of the point for clay and sand to make his bricks. Soon the point was swarming with industry and immigrants (some of whose relatives still live in Beacon today) and Emily Van Rensselaer left but the brickworks was going steady (eventually pulling out of the point in 1939). Several decades after Emily left, in the 1920’s, the estate was in ruins having been vacant, then settled by brick-worker families, then vacated again. But that didn’t stop the point from being an attraction.
|(Source: Beacon Revisted, by Robert J Murphy, Denis Doring VanBuren)|