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Bech family at 57 Market Street, Poughkeepsie NY



It would be difficult to envision this scene in present day Market Street. The scene is directly across the Dutchess County clerks office and the County Court building. The building in rear center was the Poughkeepsie Female Seminary, one of many educational institutions in Poughkeepsie. The flora and fauna at the right and left of the photo and the greenhouse in the center were all the property of the Bechs. Their house was likely at the right of this photo, near present day Cannon street, with the greenhouse built against the back of the house..

The Bechs sold this property in 1863 and moved into their new property, the former "Hickory Grove" now in the middle of Marist College campus.


daguerreotype in the Bech Collection in the Marist College Archives