The VanCleef Homestead Bed & Breakfast is one of the earliest federal style homes in the Seneca Falls Historic District. Many of the buildings of this type from the period were either destroyed by early fires or replaced by more pretentious residences in the post-civil war decades. Lawrence VanCleef is credited with being the first permanent settler of the village, in 1789.
The Van Cleef Homestead Bed & Breakfast is a two-story, clap board home, built by Lawrence VanCleef in 1825. That same year, 1825, John Quincy Adams took office as the sixth president of the United States, the Erie Canal was finished linking the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, and Seneca Falls had become a major gateway for people moving west into the Ohio Valley.
Lawrence VanCleef’s first look at the area was in 1779 as a continental soldier, part of General Sullivan’s expedition against the Six Nation Confederacy and Butler’s Rangers, who were attacking and burning colonial settlements during the American Revolutionary War. VanCleef’s unit camped, one night, on the bank of the Seneca–Cayuga River, in what would become Seneca Falls. He was so taken by the rich soil, standing timber and water power that he began making plans to return after the war.
The house later became the residence of Wilhemus Mynderse, who is credited being principally responsible for the settlement and growth of the village of Seneca Falls.
In 1837 the house was transferred to Frederick Swaby, another of the village’s original industrialist, and his family then occupied the house for nearly 100 years.
The VanCleef Homestead was purchased by its present owners, Carol and Brent Gibbs, in 2006. They have worked to restore and carefully preserve the character, moldings, random plank flooring, hardware and fireplaces to provide the warm and friendly hospitality the Inn has become known for.
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