The Mission of the Gomez Foundation for Mill House
is to preserve the historic Mill House and historic site; to make
the public aware of the long history and role of American Jews
as pioneers, predating the Revolution by many decades.
Story of Gomez Mill House
The cornerstone of the Jewish pioneer experience
in America lies along the Hudson River five miles north of Newburgh,
New York. It is Gomez Mill House, one of the oldest continuously
lived in residences in the United States and the oldest surviving
Jewish dwelling in North America.
In 1714, the Jewish pioneer merchant Luis Moses Gomez purchased 1,000 acres in Ulster County, NY. There he built a fieldstone blockhouse to conduct trade along the Hudson River from the Mid-Hudson region to the City of New York as an extension of his successful enterprises in Colonial New York. From these roots and through nearly 300 years of American history, Gomez Mill House evolved as the home of American Revolutionary patriot, Wolfert Ecker; 19th century gentleman farmer, William Henry Armstrong; Arts & Crafts paper artisan and historian Dard Hunter; and 20th century social activist, Martha Gruening.
Descendants of Luis Moses Gomez, joined by descendants
of other owners and friends, formed the Gomez Foundation for Mill
House in 1979 to preserve and maintain the Gomez Mill House and
Historic Site, a chartered museum on the National Register of