Not sure where to beat the summer heat? A century ago you could have taken rooms at Jones’ Cottages, a compound of seven boarding houses in Sheepshead Bay clustered around the southeast corner of Jerome Avenue and East 19th Street. The houses — furnished by proprietress Mrs. J. C. Jones-Moneuse in mahogany and Circassian walnut furniture — enclosed a communal “rustic garden” of “peaceful delights for those seeking a cool, quiet evening.” Covered walks connected each cottage to a dining hall, where guests devoured home-cooked Southern fare — fried chicken, sweet potatoes, corn bread, and sour milk biscuits — before sinking into hammocks to the strains of nightly music. Every room had hot and cold running water, with valet, manicurist, and Lady’s maid services available at all hours. All this for $2.00 a day and up. Five of the Jones’ Cottages stand today as private houses.
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2 responses to “Summering in Sheepshead Bay”
How many people could the seven houses accomodate?
Hi Candace. Great question. The illustrated brochure for Jones’ Cottages doesn’t give that information, but I’m thinking that guests probably rented rooms in the houses, rather than the entire houses. The 1910 census (taken 18 April) shows the owner, three relatives, and nineteen boarders (plus two servants) living on the property.