Merestead, Scottish for farmland, is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties. It is the former estate of William Sloane (1873-1922) who was president of W & J Sloane, and his daughter Margaret Sloane Patterson (1910-2000). The 130-acre estate consists of farmland, woods, gardens, and buildings including a 1906 Georgian Revival house designed by architects Delano and Aldrich. Margaret Sloane Patterson and her husband Dr. Robert L. Patterson, Jr. bequeathed Merestead to the County of Westchester, New York to be used as a park and historic house museum. Merestead became a Westchester County Park with the passing of Margaret on Aug. 3, 2000.

As you walk the grounds and trails, you too can imagine what it was like to live in elegance on a 130-acre estate when owning land was important and it took a staff of twelve to operate the estate. If you have any questions or would like information, call (914) 666-4258.

Merestead HouseAn elegant couple
Elegance is a word that suggests timelessness and an understated quality. It is a word that connotes a classic style, good taste and simplicity. In the beginning of the 20th century, for New York’s social elite, elegance was the hallmark of their lifestyle.
William SloaneWilliam Sloane
William was born on February 18, 1873. He prepared at Cutler School in New York and graduated from the 1895 class of Yale. He grew up in the lap of Gilded Age luxury destined to assume the leadership of W & J Sloane, a “house furnishing” company his grandfather started originally as a carpet warehouse in 1843 in New York City. William became president of W & J Sloane in January of 1906.
Frances Crocker SloaneFrances Crocker Sloane
According to family history, William met Frances Church Crocker (August 23, 1873 - February 5, 1962) in Lenox, MA where both families had vacation "cottages.” Frances was also part of the society that William knew in New York. Her father was an influential metal merchant who served on many boards as a director including the Bank of America.