Cream Cheese Chicken

From The Ladies of Hyde Hall, Recipes from Anne Logan, Her Family and Friends

2 packages “Good Seasons” italian dressing

1 8 oz package cream cheese with onions and chives

4 boneless chicken breasts or 8 chicken breast tenders

1 can cream of celery soup

¼ cup butter


Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Dip the chicken in the dry dressing mix, coating both sides.  Rub it in a little and shake off excess.  Remember, it is quite salty, so take care not to use too much!  Brown the chicken in the butter, then place in a baking dish in one layer.  Dilute the cream of celery soup with about ½ can of water and combine with cream cheese.  Pour over the chicken.  Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes, until tender.  


“I found this recipe at a church holiday bazaar.  I tried it a couple of times for small dinner parties.  It is really very good, although I have altered the recipe a bit.”    Anne Clarke Logan

Another Clarke Family Residence in NY

From Hyde Hall Facebook Archives, 2010

Hyde Hall isn’t the first of the Clarke family residences built in upstate New York. In Fort Plain, for instance, once stood Clarke Hall, the summer residence of George Clarke, acting royal governor of New York, and his wife, the former Anne Hyde, daughter of a royal governor of North Carolina. They were the paternal grandparents of the builder of Hyde Hall and had Clarke Hall built around 1738 overlooking Otsquago Creek, close to the Mohawk River.

A history of Fort Plain describes the house as being of “considerable pretension,” adding it was “two stories, with a hall passing through the center and large square rooms on either side. The second floor was reached by a broad stairway, with white oak bannisters and easy steps of the same material.

The house had a frontage of nearly 40 feet and its walls were built of a slaty stone taken from the bed of the neighboring Otsquago.”

Clarke’s wife died in 1740, and he apparently sold Clarke Hall shortly before returning to England in 1745. Eventually the house was torn down by a later owner, though its foundations, cellar, and cellar fireplace are now part of the Fayant house, shown here.


Major Edward Clarke (1716-1776)


So just how did the Clarke family’s Jamaica connections begin? A major link in this highly renumerative chain was the fortuitous marriage of this red-coated gentleman, paternal grandfather of Hyde Hall’s builder, George Clarke: Major Edward Clarke (1716 — 1776).

Third son of George Clarke, acting royal governor of New York, and a grandson of Edward Hyde, royal governor of North Carolina, he took as his bride, around 1741, Elizabeth Haughton (ca. 1711 — 1764), third daughter and co-heiress of the Jamaica planter Col. James Guthrie. More significantly she was the third wife and widow of sugar baron Col. Richard Haughton, who died in 1740, five years after their marriage, leaving Elizabeth with a significant portion of his fortune and a young son, Samuel Williams Haughton (1738 — 1793, later Speaker of the Jamaica Assembly).

The Clarkes apparently lived in Jamaica for a significant portion of their marriage and had two children: George Hyde Clarke (1742 — 1824), the reprobate of Hyde Hall in Cheshire, and Ann Clarke (ca. 1744 — 1763), who died at age 17 and whose memorial inscription describes her as “their beautiful daughter.”

This painting of Edward Clarke is in the possession of a descendant in England.

Hyde Hall selected for Cooperstown Chamber Inaugural Hall of Fame

Hyde Hall is honored to be recognized for its contribution to the attraction of the Cooperstown Area.

On April 27, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will honor eight historic local businesses at part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. These businesses will be welcomed into the Chamber Hall of Fame, as the inaugural class. Each business, carefully selected by a special committee of Chamber members, has been a strong supporter of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce over the years, and has had significant impact and involvement in the community. Additionally, each of this year’s honoree businesses were established over a century ago. The 100th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will be a true celebration of business in the Cooperstown area and a showcase of the positive impact the Chamber and its member businesses have had in the greater Cooperstown area over the past century.

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s honorees:

  • Church and Scott Pharmacy (1886)
  • Clark Sports Center (1891)
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill (1856)
  • Freeman’s Journal (1808)
  • Hyde Hall (1817)
  • Inn at Cooperstown (1874)
  • Mohican Flowers (1901)
  • Otesaga Resort (1909).

“In looking at how the Chamber would celebrate its 100th anniversary, we felt it was only appropriate to celebrate our membership.” says Matt Hazzard, Executive Director for the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. “These eight businesses have each had a long-standing presence in our community, and have helped make Cooperstown what it is today.  The opportunity to pay tribute to their contributions, while celebrating our own anniversary, will make this an event to remember.”

Hyde Hall, named after the Clarke family’s ancient seat in England, is a stunning reminder of a bygone American era. Conceived and constructed by George Clarke, Hyde Hall will be celebrating 200 years since the land was purchased 1817. Sitting on Mount Wellington, on beautiful Lake Otsego, the estate was built over a 17-year period. The Clarke family lived in the home throughout construction, unfortunately Clarke died in the estate shortly after completion and was unable to enjoy his creation. Hyde Hall has been declared one of the “three or four great buildings in America of its time” by The New Yorker magazine. The neoclassical country mansion is the only National Historic Landmark in Otsego County. In 1964, the Friends of Hyde Hall, later to be renamed Hyde Hall, Inc. was formed to help save and maintain the house for public use and enjoyment.

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