Story of Gomez Mill House
In 1714, Early American Jewish leader, Luis Moses Gomez, purchased 1,000 acres in Newburgh New York and subsequently, with his two sons Jacob and Daniel, accumulated a total of 4,000 acres. There he built a fieldstone blockhouse to conduct trade and maintain provisions in the Mid-Hudson region as an extension of his successful enterprises in Colonial New York. From these roots and through 300 years of American history, Gomez Mill House evolved as home to American Revolutionary patriot and Orange County civic leader, Wolfert Ecker; 19th century gentleman farmer and conservationist, William Henry Armstrong; Arts and Crafts artisan and paper historian Dard Hunter; and 20th century social activist, Martha Gruening.
Gomez Foundation for Mill House
The Gomez Foundation for Mill House was founded in 1979. In 1984 the Foundation purchased the Gomez Mill House and established it as a public museum chartered in the State of New York. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve this unique historic house as a significant regional and national rank museum -- the oldest standing Jewish dwelling in North America, and the oldest historic house in Orange County, NY on the National Register for nearly three centuries -- and to educate the public through experiential tours and programs about the contributions of former Mill House owners to the multicultural history of the Hudson River Valley.
The Foundation Board includes direct descendents of the historic family owners and others dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Mill House and to the public's education of the historical significance of this irreplaceable center of the American experience.
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The Gomez Foundation for Mill House is a tax-exempt, non-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation registered in the State of New York, pursuant to Section 170(f)(8) of the Internal Revenue Code. and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.