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(Ed's Note: The following letter was sent to the developer who recently purchased the house mentioned. It is reprinted here at the writer's request.)

I cannot let the recent destruction of the Plandome Manor House go without voicing my dismay. Your cold, callous disregard for history and culture is nearly unparalleled. The house, the main section of which was built about 1680, was one of the last vestiges of what life was like in the 17th century. I am sure you have been made aware of this. What I cannot understand is why you would not care.

I have been wondering whether the driver of your bulldozer knew that what he was knocking down was erected more than a half century before George Washington was born, nearly a century before the Declaration of Independence, and more than a century before the ratification of the United States Constitution. Did the worker loading the dumpster realize that the icehouse on your property was plausibly the inland side of a tunnel that may have led to Manhasset Bay and used to smuggle arms and ammunition to patriots in Connecticut during the American Revolution? Did he know that this icehouse was also known to hide slaves as a station on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War? Does the security guard understand that the pile of rubble he now stands guard over was named by its original owner "Plandome Manor" from Latin words and is of course the origin of the name of the village?

If your intent is to move into and live on the property in a newly built residence as is so widely reported, please be advised that you will be moving in amongst people who do care about their national heritage. Please know that your neighbors enjoy teaching their children about how their government was formed and what gave them the freedoms to do with their lives and their property what they please. I challenge you to make some sort of donation back to society that will in some way, somehow negate the assault on society that has been committed in the destruction of Plandome Manor. There are many people who spend long hours--raising money to save houses and other buildings less historically significant than what you have destroyed. Perhaps they may benefit from your profit.

Gregory Danilek



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