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Will Leroy Anderson House Become a Museum?

The Leroy Anderson House, 33 Grassy Hill Rd. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

WOODBURY – There will be a public hearing on March 13 to determine the future of the Leroy Anderson House.

The Leroy Anderson Foundation would like to turn the now-vacant house at 33 Grassy Hill Rd. into a museum to honor the life of Anderson, a noted American composer who’s best known for the 1946 song “Sleigh Ride.”

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The house was built in 1953 for the noted Anderson and his wife Eleanor, who was a Woodbury native. The house is now owned by the Leroy Anderson Foundation, and is occasionally opened to the public for tours. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

According to an application filed with the Town Planner’s office, the foundation anticipates no more than 16 visitors at a time, and 750 to 1,000 visitors per year.

The Anderson House is located in a rural setting, on 27 acres of land. It is set on the south side of Grassy Hill Road, just west of its crossing of Good Hill Brook. The property includes a network of walking trails.

The house, designed by architect Joel Stein, is one story in height, built out of stone and wood, with expansive use of glass. The interior of the house retains some of the Anderson’s furnishings, include Leroy Anderon’s grand piano.

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