Van Curler-Lake Trading Post and St. Croix Cemetery

These photographs submitted to the web page by Louis E. Cuyler of Battle Creek, MI,
a descendant of the Van Corlaer family.

   Built by the fur trader, Arent Van Corlaer, for a trading post. Eastern half entirely of virgin pine boards; exterior covered with hand-shaved clapboards up to 16 inches wide. Interior in hand planed sheathing up to two feet wide. Post and beam construction. Beamed ceilings. Floors of two-inch splined plank.

(From: Our Yesteryears: A Narrative History of the Town of White Creek, Washington County, New York by Paul Jones)

Louis E. Cuyler writes:
   In June 1995, the Van Curler-Lake Trading Post was in bad shape. It has since been bought by a man from CT who is having it restored. The back, or lower, part was built by A. Van Curler in 1709, the front was built around 1810. This house is on Quaker Rd., near White Creek, NY, and is considered the oldest standing structure in Washington Co.

Van Curler-Lake Tradking Post

Louis E. Cuyler writes:
   The St. Croix Cemetery with Louis (Van Curler) Cuyler on the left and Hank Van Corler (from the Netherlands) on the right. The stone in front of Louis (at his feet) is that of A. Van Curler. It says, "In memory of Aaron Van Curler who died January 3, 1795, in the 107th year of his life." His wife Mary Lake is buried to his left but has no headstone.

Life's a tale,
An empty song.
Tis but a breath,
However long.
Van Croix Cemetery (Van Curler)

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