Bob Willemstyn - Owner & Restauranteur
The Country House was a private residence from 1710 - 1970. Originally built as a Farm House, the restaurant was used over the years as a Town Meeting Place and a Stage Coach stop. George Washington’s Spies in the Culper Spy Ring have been known to have had meetings here during the Revolutionary War.
Our most active spirit, Annette Williamson, was a young girl who lived here in the early 1700s. Wrongfully accused of being a British spy, she was violently murdered in our small dining room, called the Old Field Room. Legend says that because it was a violent murder and a wrongful murder, her spirit remains behind to watch over and protect the house. Guests, especially young children, see her all the time, and even call her by name. She is a very friendly and kind spirit and has even been seen outside dancing in the morning mist. Thomas Hadaway, a famous English actor, lived here in the late 1800s. He and William Sydney Mount, the famous artist and poet, would hold meetings of the occult here at the restaurant called “Spiritualism”. That is where you try to communicate with the spirits of the dead, usually through a medium.
In 1970 it became the “1710 House”, the first of three restaurants. In 1973 it became “The Hadaway House” and in 1978 it became “The Country House Restaurant.” Owned originally by Mr. Thomas Wendelken, of the fabled “Stork Club” in Manhattan. He spent the next 27 years fine tuning & honing each employee and created this Landmark Restaurant. I believe he is still watching over us. I can sometimes smell his unique brand of cigarette smoke at the end of the bar where he used to sit. I hope he would like the way we’ve kept his legacy alive.