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THE SUYDAM HOUSE OCCUPIED BY HESSIANS DURING THE REVOLUTION Hessians - took possession of the Hendrick SUYDAM house in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War. They were not welcome to Hendrick's snug homestead on Bushwick Lane, but, good Whig that he was, he had his choice of being relegated to a dirty prison or swearing allegiance to the Tory cause. So he chose the latter. His house was as trim and tidy and clean as the average Dutch house of the day. It had been built about 1700.by Leffert LEFFERTS, some say. Other authorities claim that a man by the name of Van NUYSE may have owned the land and built the house. Like a horde of wild Vandals, the hired soldiers of the king descended on Mistress SUYDAM's snug home, spreading about them more dirt than the Dutch had ever been buried in, and gaining, by reputation, the name of the "Dirty Blues." These Hessians were prodigious thieves; though, when once assured that they would remain unmolested by the Patriots, they were kinder than the British, and more likely to give the Americans a square deal. A door-post in the SUYDAM. house was hacked by the sabre of the captain of the regiment, one Colonel RAHL,. who with twenty-one men and a cook took up quarters there during the absence of Hendrick SUYDAM. Mrs. SUYDAM was obliged to vacate a part of her house, and establish herself and her children, as best she could, in a room across the hall. For three months she lived there, until her Dutch soul became desperate, so unclean were her tenants, and she left her house. Returning later, she found it in a deplorable condition, her furniture broken, the house sacked, and all of the bedding stolen. Before the destruction of the house, about fifteen years ago, there were many evidences of the hard usage it had received, though, so far as the walls were concerned, it might easily have weathered another century or two. Staples in the ceilings of the rooms on the first floor were once used by the soldiers to hang their sabres on. Bullet-holes were found in the casements of the windows set in their tiny sashes. The sabre-marks on the lintels of the front door were never removed, being kept there, no doubt, by the sturdy Dutch as a reminder of the many indignities they received during the days when Hessians roved through their streets and robbed their fields, flocks, and larders. The first story of the house was built of stones gathered from the neighboring fields, and the walls were unusually thick and exceptionally well built. The site of the old house is occupied by the Second German Baptist Church, on the corner of Evergreen Avenue and Woodbine Street. Remsen Homestead Return to INDEX..Rambles of Brooklyn Return to BROOKLYN Info Main Page