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March 6, 2010 - Bill Ackerbauer
After reading his column, I checked a map to see roughly where the Van Allen farm might have been, and it turns out that it was very near where the state's Tryon youth facility is today. Ironic, yes? Perth provided New York City its "wickedest man," and a few generations later, New York City started sending some of its wickedest youngsters to within a stone's throw of where he was born and raised.
If you liked Peter's column and found this subject interesting, you might also enjoy reading what Mark Twain had to say about the man.
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The New York Public Library's archives include this clipping with an illustration of Mr. Allen and his son. The lower illustration presumably depicts Allen's dance hall.