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Located on the South Shore of Staten Island, NY is the neighborhood of Charleston. Originally a small village known as Androvetteville or Androvettetown, it was named for the Androvette family who were farmers and owned 8 of the 29 buildings in the area in the mid 1800's. The area began to industrialize with the success of the Kreischer Brick Manufactory, and it came to be called Kreischerville. The surrounding area grew significantly due to the factory. The owner of the factory, Balthasar Kreischer had three mansions built on Kreischer Hill. One survives today (where his son, Charles, lived), and is designated a historical landmark. It was built in 1885 in the Late Victorian style, with verandas, gables, decorative railings, posts and brackets. The building is rumored to be haunted, most likely by the spirit of Edward B. Kreischer, who commiteted suicide (although not at the mansion). In addition, a former caretaker was convicted of murder on the site. The house was featured in an episode of the television show "Paranormal Lockdown." During World War I, when anti-German sentiment was wide-spread in the United States, the name was changed to Charleston. Balthasar Kreischer was a Bavarian immigrant, and the name Charleston was selected to name the village after one of his son's Charles. Thus the family would continue to be honored while heeding the outward anti-German sentiments of the times.

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