Near the foot of Van Cortlandt Park is a mansion that not only hosted George Washington (three times) but also his British counterpart, Sir William Howe. But Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan says there's another site about two miles away that is "perhaps more significant."
The Valentine-Varian House on Bainbridge Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx "was the scene of six battles, and survived," says Ultan. In a foreshadowing of later resilience in the city's mainland borough, the house's owner--blacksmith Isaac Valentine--stayed in his house despite the war taking place around him.
His neighbors kept changing, though: According to Ultan, the area around the house was occupied first by colonial troops, then by Tories loyal to Britain and finally by Hessians fighting for the crown.