In 1916 popular newspaper illustrator Herb Roth visited the Inwood region. While there he sketched the Dyckman farmhouse and other familiar landmarks.
Below are the sketches from Roth’s visit as well as the accompanying text.
The Pittsburgh Press
The Sunday Illustrated Magazine
July 2, 1916
Manhattan As It WAS—and Still IS
“How many, even native New Yorkers, know that part of their tremendous city is as quaint and as “bewitched” a region as it was in the days of Wilhelm Kieft? That even on the Island of Manhattan ghosts still walk abroad, people still dig for hidden treasure, old legends are yet extant, and spots and houses related to Revolutionary times may still be pointed out to a sightseer in exactly the same state as they were a century ago. While by far the greater part of Manhattan Island has gone ahead, has been settled, and has become a roaring city, there is one section of it, at its extreme northwestern end, that has stood quite still and is as quaint and old-fashioned today as it was one hundred years ago.
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