The Hermit's Grave

"Johann Stolting was a familiar figure as he walked along Irvington' streets during the 1880's. His clothes he made himself. His shoes were little more than sandals. No one remembered that he ever wore a hat of any sort. He was fond of children and they were fond of him, and he was not unsociable with the few neighbors who shared the hillside on which he had built his cabin overlooking the Saw Mill River Valley."

-"Wolfert's Roost"





BORN 1810

DIED JAN. 10 1888

"No one knows for sure of his past. He is said to have been born on Heligoland where he spent his youth. He was well educated and migrated to this country and for a time taught languages.

Whatever the reasons, his eccentricities grew. He provided for the few necessitites of life by turning out wooden buttons that he made on a homemade lathe that he operated by foot power, and sold the product around the village."

-"Wolfert's Roost"

Foundation ruins of the Hermit's cabin.

He had found the life that suited him and he was farsighted enough to ensure that its end would be as he would have it. He had his own coffin made of local chestnut wood and used it as his bed for a number of years before it assumed its eternal function."

-"Wolfert's Roost"

Foundation of the Hermit's Toolshed.

"His grave is only a few hundred feet west of the Saw Mill Parkway, which was deliberatley swerved in the vicinity to avoid disturbing it-the only marked grave in the village of Irvington."

-"Wolfert's Roost"

Excerpts were taken from Wolfert's Roost, Portrait of a Village/Irvington-on-Hudson.
The Washington Irving Press, Irvington-on-Hudson. 1971.

The Leatherman, a contemporary of The Hermit.

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