Troutbeck

The gateway to the upstate cultural and creative corridor

Troutbeck

The Champalimaud's are only the fourth owner since the early 18th century. First were the Benton’s, a family of officers, farmers and poets, the last of whom was an early transcendentalist; close friends with Emerson, Thoreau and Burroughs. All three spent a great deal of time at Troutbeck. Thoreau’s last letter in life was written to Benton and, Burroughs penned his obituary for the New York Times. The Benton’s were hospitable and popular people, building a tavern and inn on the property which still stands today. Colonel Joel and Amy Einstein Spingarn bought the estate in the early 1910’s. Amy was active in the fight for women’s suffrage, deeply engaged in the Harlem Renaissance, a poet and an artist. Alongside Joel, they were pillars of the Civil Rights movement with Joel credited amongst the founders of the NAACP. (His brother Arthur Spingarn, his brother, founded the Legal Defense Fund. Thurgood Marshall had a cottage at Troutbeck for a number of years.) Joel served as President of the NAACP for many years and died as Chairman. Twice they held plenary meetings of the NAACP here at Troutbeck, known today as the Amenia Tent Conferences. W.E.B du Bois wrote an account in which he dedicates some two paragraphs to the caliber of hospitality of their hosts. Amy edited the Crisis Magazine and sponsored it’s earliest writing competitions. She sponsored a $500 prize for one, selecting the winner, with whom she developed a life long friendship. The winner was Langston Hughes. It was the first writing competition he had ever entered. This is only some of what is the deep and noble history of progress, innovation, community, romance, nature, nurture, politics and, hospitality, that resides here at Troutbeck.

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