Marker text: VAN BENTHUYSEN-ELMS MANSION
Attributed to Lewis E. Reynolds, Architect
Built 1869 for "Yankee in Grey," Capt. Watson Van Benthuysen, II, CSA. Relative by marriage of Jefferson Davis & Q'master of Presidential convoy that fled Richmond in April, 1865, Van B. became merchant & industrialist with interests in St. Charles streetcar line, telephone company & firm that bridged Hudson at Poughkeepsie. Born NY 1833, Van B. died here 1901. House served as German Consulate General 1931-41. From here, Adolf Kar Georg Edgar Baron Spiegel von und zu Peckelsheim, novelist & U-boat kapita, informed Axis submarines of ship depatures. Became John Elms family residence 1951.