The Evolution of the Ketcham House
The Ketcham Farmhouse
Back in 1849, David Ketcham, a farmer from an old Long Island family, made the trek from Dix Hills, Long Island to somewhere east of Brooklyn with his very young family. He had purchased a rather large farm in a beautiful area and he quickly became one of the community's most prominent citizens. Ketcham wore many hats (from highway commissioner and land assessor to the becoming one of the very first school commissioners of the new borough of Queens). On a whole, his family's efforts were a large part of the fabric of the building of the town and the borough. It seems that David Ketcham's line ended with his passing in 1910, as his only surviving grandson bore no children, but as the city developed around his longtime Ketcham (farm)House, the property has remained as outstanding, as undivided and as contributory as Ketcham and his family were in their day.
The Ashley-Ketcham House
Just about 150 years later, another family made the trek to New York and bought into the legacy of the Ketcham farmhouse. The Ashley family moved in and made good on opportunities to turn the spotlight back onto this amazing artifact of history, The Ketcham House. The Ashleys continue the Ketcham tradition of community involvement and sharing, and as proud caretakers of this special piece of NYC history, they extend a hearty invitation to others to come and partake in the experience. The Ketcham House is open to guests for lodging, to visitors to USA who wish to participate in their English language immersion programs, and to those seeking a location for filming. It seems the house has gained a solid reputation -- due to its size and unique position at the crossroad of old and new -- for being a prime location for film-makers to ply their craft.
With family or on your own in the Big Apple, spread out and relax with all the amenities of home at The Ketcham House.
English (ESL) Homestay
Learn with a seasoned speech and language specialist while enjoying all the comforts you are so used to at home.
Choose from a great selection of spaces inside and out, set up office and create the perfect atmosphere for your film shoot.
T-N-R Cats Initiative
As part of its community outreach, The Ketcham House is happy to participate in NYC's T-N-R program.