The state capitol building of Alabama, once the Confederate capitol.

Alabama State Capitol

The state capitol building of Alabama, once the Confederate capitol.

The Brooklyn Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion.

Originally, it was an 86,000-acre (350 km²) tract granted as a Patent to Stephanus Van Cortlandt in 1697 by King William III. The manor house was built sometime before 1732 but was not any owner's principal residence until a grandson, Pierre Van Cortlandt, moved there in 1749. At that time the manor house was on a thousand-acre portion of the original tract. The house remained in Van Cortlandt family ownership until 1945. In 1953, John D. Rockefeller purchased it and began a restoration. The restored manor house was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Van Cortlandt Manor House

Originally, it was an 86,000-acre (350 km²) tract granted as a Patent to Stephanus Van Cortlandt…