DescriptionHistorical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.~Robert Penn WarrenPhotographed in the Gomez Mill House, Marlborough, New York, USA. This was one of the bedrooms with an enchanting reading corner near the warmth of the fireplace and the light of the windows.Textures courtesy of TextureTime.comThe history of this property, mill, and home are as follows:In 1714 Luis Moses Gomez, who as a child, had fled with his family from the Spanish inquisition, purchased 6,000 acres of land along the Hudson Highlands where several Native American trails converged. On the southwestern corner, he built a field stone blockhouse trading post into the side of a hill along a stream that became known as 'Jews Creek.'The great walls of the trading post - which are about two feet thick - survive, as do two original fireplaces and evidence of the limestone floors that covered the ground of the main room. The main resources of timber and lime drove the industry he and his son Daniel conducted on the property. The trading post served to provide basic commodities to other local residents, settlers traveling north and the few remaining Native Americans still trading along the Hudson River. On a northern point of the river front property, stood the Duyfil's Danskammer, a Native American ceremonial campsite described in the ship's diaries of Henry Hudson in 1609. For over thirty years, Luis Gomez and his sons conducted a thriving enterprise from the trading post. A leader of Colonial Jewish America, Luis Moses Gomez became parnas (president) of Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation. Under his leadership, he led the drive to build the Mill Street Synagogue, the first Synagogue in New York. Among the more prominent descendants and extended family were the poet Emma Lazarus and Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, and New York Govern
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