Constable Hall is a historic home that was listed in the national register in 1974. It is located on the Southern most point of Macombís Purchase in 1791 (3.8 million acres of the North Country). The estate covers twenty-two acres and Constable Hall Association opened in July of 1949.
The Constable family lived in the home for five generations. The home was sold Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lewis and his sister Grace Cornwall of Beaver Falls who restored the home. The fourteen rooms contain original furnishings and artifacts from the 1790ís to the 1940ís. Other objects donated to the museum are authentic period pieces especially in the kitchen and the cold cellar. Of the thirteen buildings originally on the estate, three are owned by the Constable Hall Association and the other two are in private hands.
William Constable (1752-1803) participated in the American Revolution as an aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette. He associated with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, and Thomas Jefferson. William Constable married Anne White and had seven children. His son William Jr. (1786-1821) built Constable Hall from 1810-1819. The architectural style is unique for the square footprint with two rooms on each side of central entrance, and the symmetry under a hipped roof.
At the age of twenty-one William Jr. inherited his fatherís land who died at the age of fifty-two. William Jr. married Mary Eliza McVickar Constable and had five children. He died at the age of thirty-six from an infection; a pike slipped and went into his thigh as he was directing the placement of a stone. Their son, John III, inherited Constable Hall as he passed it down to his son his son Casimir who continued the familyís legacy.
Today The Constable Hall Association has tours available, welcomes field trips, and holds special events for the holidays. The vast amount of land surrounding Constable Hall has been the venue for girl scout activities, Fatherís day celebrations, and photography shoots. Members of the Association welcome guests to engage in the history of Northern New York. Constable Hall offers something for every age group to enjoy. ...more>>