Ophir Hall was eventually purchased by Whitelaw Reid, publisher of The New York Tribune. While Mr. Reid was having the castle altered, it caught fire, burning to the stone walls. The house was rebuilt, on a greater and grander scale with the assistance of the firm of McKim, Mead, and White.
Reid Castle has an interior of marble and carved wood. There are secret staircases, fixtures of silver and crystal, and 13th century stained glass windows taken from Salisbury Cathedral in England. Ophir Hall almost became the headquarters for the United Nations in 1946, but neighbors protested and local resident John D. Rockefeller, Jr. offered an alternative site in New York City.
Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart bought the mansion in 1949 along with 250 of the origional 900 acres. In 1969, it was renamed Reid Hall. In 1974, Reid Hall was placed in The National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome from 9 to 5 every day of the year.
I visited this castle in January of 1999. The people I talked to seemed to be very proud of their castle. It is in very good condition, and well worth the visit.
Later, I received E-Mail that said:
The rug in the right parlor on the ground floor came from the SS United States, which is
now in mothballs on the Delaware in Philadelphia. The college website offers an excellent
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A special thanks to Phil Bilzor for most of the information on this page.