Farmhouse in Suffern, NY Composer Site for Marine Corp ‘Charlatan March’ in 1898

History sings from the porch of 519 Haverstraw Road in Suffern, NY.  With trumpets and drums faintly ringing from the original wooden beams, this completely modernized farmhouse colonial was originally built in 1850 and was considered a luxury summer rental for many escaping the heat of New York City.


Sitting on 1.2 acres of specimen plantings, this was the house of John J. & Hannah Coe, often rented by them as a summer resort, which included a stay by the famous John Philip Sousa. It was on this very porch the ”The Charlatan March,” a Marine Corp victory song, was birthed.


John Philip Sousa, (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as “The March King”, or the “American March King.” Among his other best-known marches are The Stars and Stripes Forever (National March of the United States of America), Semper Fidelis (Official March of the United States Marine Corps), The Liberty Bell (used as the theme for Monty Python’s Flying Circus), The Thunderer and The Washington Post.


He writes of his time there, “I had made no arrangements to spend my usual season at Manhattan Beach that summer, since I had expected to go to Europe, so I leased a farm up in Suffern, NY, and there wrote the lyrics and music of The Charlatan. It was produced in Montreal on August 29, 1898 by the DeWolf Hopper Company. It did not make the prodigious hit that El Capitan had, but musically it was considered superior.”


This three-bedroom, 3,500 square-foot homestead is a rare treasure, including a 2,700 square-foot two-story barn, legal two-bedroom apartment, the most ornate eaves you’ve ever seen and working well pump. The old-world charm reels you inside, but like the 1900 New York Times summer boarding ad read, ”For select people who appreciate first-class table & accommodations.”

For more information, contact Adam Blankfort at 845.358.9440. Link to the offering on here.

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