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Location: Brewster, N.Y.
The Skinny: A Revolutionary War spy who convinced even his own family that he was a loyalist in order to infiltrate the British military, Enoch Crosby provided intelligence that led to the capture of redcoats and was so convincing that he was captured several times by American forces. His story probably served as the basis for James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Spy, though his real name was not revealed for fear of attracting the attention of bitter Brits. After the war, Crosby retreated to a Putnam County farm, where he built this 4,200-square-foot house and a series of barns, and quietly lived out the remainder of his life. In the intervening years, much of the acreage has been sold off, but four acres of the original tract remain, along with Crosby's home, which houses five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and modern amenities like an updated kitchen and large gunite swimming pool. The property, which overlooks the Middle Branch Reservoir, is listed for $1.4M.
· 8 Enoch Crosby Road [Trulia]