About This 1869 Second Empire In Cherry Valley New York
Cherry Valley was once a bustling business hub, home to schools, industry, – the busiest town west of Schenectady, enjoying a perfect position on a main route to the American frontier. The Belcher home on Main Street, now known as the Limestone Mansion, is a remnant of the days when Cherry Valley was home to a private Academy, a law school, two musical instrument factories, a marble works and a foundry, as well as some of the most influential men of its day.
Abraham Belcher’s stately, six thousand square foot stone home on Main Street was designed by Bronx architect Nelson Whipple, who also designed the First Presbyterian Church around the corner. Featuring three full floors, twelve bedrooms, double parlors, and chestnut woodwork fashioned by the craftsmen working at the town’s melodeon factory, it is a showplace of Second Empire opulence, from the towering ceilings to the mercury doorknobs.
The current owners purchased the Belcher home more than thirty years ago and have painstakingly preserved its historic charm while updating its systems. The stunning stone foundation features interior archways, leading to the creation of a rathskeller in the basement.
The main floor offers a double parlor and a living room, all furnished as dining space, a family dining area, a well equipped commercial kitchen, pantries and cleanup area as well as two half baths. The winding cherry banister leads to a wide upper hall, four large bedrooms with two shared baths, a smaller nursery bedroom, plus three more guest rooms and a bath in the maid’s area.
The top floor, still sunny and bright thanks to the slate mansard roof, offers a further four guest rooms and two updated shared baths. There’s also an attic storage area and plentiful closets. Operating as The Limestone Mansion, it has been a successful German restaurant and a bed and breakfast, while the nearby carriage house was converted into a pub/meeting space with a two bedroom apartment above.
Outside, the wide and deep yard has mature trees and a lawn that just begs for a croquet set. There is a commercial kitchen, miles of new electrical wiring, new plumbing, and six septic tanks and all permits are in place. The Limestone Mansion is a gracious historic residence perfectly set up for commercial use, or easily restored to a rambling private home.