In The West Bank of the Hudson River from Albany to Tappan by C.G. Hine writing in 1906, he describes Four Mile POint:
"`Down the river is Four Mile Point, with its lighthouse and little settlement all spread out to view. Here lived Jacob Hallenbeck, and here still stands his dwelling. Jacon was a Tory a hundred and thirty years ago, and his house became a noted resort for other black sheep of the same way of thinking. One of the early owners of Four Mile Point was Capt. William Beck, who appears to have been of a piractical turn of mind, and to have had many of the high attributes of the better known Captain Kidd. There are tales of plenty of dark and stormy nights wherin treasure was buried, and the place is still attractive to those honest citizens who would rather dig for gold than potatoes."