Stephen C. Duryea lived at 326 Spring Street in New York city in the early 1850s with his first wife, Mary, not to be confused with his second wife, also Mary. Here is his listing in the city directory in 1851:
|Doggett's New York City city directory, 1851|
This land used to be on the southern shore of the island and was part of a farm. Isn't that hard to picture? If you follow the links for the official sites of this building and the bar, you can view pictures of the inside of the living quarters as well as items found over the years. I wonder if Stephen Duryea sat in front of the same fireplace 160 years ago, or if he used any of the bottles found in the attic.
If you wish to visit an old homestead, first try google maps to see if you can satisfy your curiosity from your couch. If you decide to physically travel, keep in mind that house numbers and street names change over the years.