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The Men of Locust Lawn

The men of Locust Lawn were wealthy land owning individuals who held prominent positions in the community and could trace their lineage back to the original founders of New Paltz. Josiah Hasbrouck was the first to settle his family at Locust Lawn. He in turn passed the farm complex on to his son, Levi who continued to build a thriving homestead and increase the family’s wealth and land holdings. Eventually, the family home and property was passed on to Levi’s son, Josiah. The other male members of the family during their time at Locust Lawn include the husbands of Levi’s daughters. These men left behind a plethora of papers, documents, and personal items that communicate, often in their own words, the lives they led and the influence that they had in their community.