Join us for

At Home with Hiram Halle

House Tour and Afternoon Tea

Sunday, April 28, 2019




Sunday, April 28
Conant Hall in the Hamlet


12 noon
Pound Ridge Historical Society annual meeting, followed by the dedication of a marker honoring Hiram Halle in the museum’s new Halle Garden. The Hiram Halle marker is sponsored by the Pound Ridge Historical Society and the  Jewish American Society forHistoric Preservation. 

Also, the dedication of a bench honoring Quincy Carter Stuart whose bequest to the Pound Ridge Garden Club funded the new museum entrance.

Narrated Bus Tour highlighting Hiram Halle houses and a visit to his estates

3:30–5 pm An elegant Afternoon Tea provided by The Royal Tea Company at Conant Hall in the Hamlet

* * Parking available at the Pound Ridge Community Church * *



Almond Chicken ✴ Egg & Water Cress ✴ Cucumber
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Scones with Jam and Cream
Royal Tea Loaf
Chocolate Toee Trie
Magic Wishing Stars
Petit Fours
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Hiram J. Halle, 1867 – 1944 ~ Hiram Halle was a visionary, inventor, successful businessman, art collector, home restorer and philanthropist. Born in Cleveland, Ohio with a limited education he went on to become President of Universal Oil Products which developed the process that produced high-octane aviation fuel, a vital part of the Allies winning the Battle of Britain in WW2. In 1929 Halle moved to Pound Ridge, believing it to be “a fine country place . . . to enjoy in my retirement.” However, soon he was making his mark on our town. In the depths of the depression, Halle purchased many derelict old houses and put over 60 local men to work on their restoration. Today those homes, buildings and stone walls still beautify and benefit Pound Ridge, as do his contributions to the Pound Ridge community – The Fire Department, Pound Ridge Elementary School, the Pound Ridge Library and “forever wild” lands such as the Halle Ravine. Less known is Halle’s generosity toward the formation and first years of funding of The University In Exile at the New School in New York City. 148 German Jewish scholars and their families escaped the rising Nazi tide and found freedom here in 1933 thanks to Halle. He remained closely involved with the New School and hosted retreats for the exiles in Pound Ridge. Today our town still bears the mark of this remarkable man. It is hard to imagine what Pound Ridge would have been without his contributions.