June 25, 2024

About the Hand Mansion












On May 2nd at 7:00 PM, the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock will inhabit the Hand Mansion on South Franklin, one of Nyack’s historic estates. The mansion was built in 1856 for Azariah Ross, the man who erected the stone bridges that transect New York City’s Central Park, and the stone retaining wall surrounding the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Since acquiring the property in 1883, the Hand family lived in the Gothic Revival stye home until 1999. The most notable member of the family was William H. Hand, who died in 1978 and was the last surviving personal research assistant to Thomas Alva Edison. From a laboratory in the barn Hand designed a unique battery with a 15-year life that was popular with the military and police and fire departments.

Read and view photos in the April 25 two-page Journal News article: