The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) will present its third annual “Houses on the Land” house tour on Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s tour will feature a rich variety of homes and gardens spread across the Town of Esopus and highlight the town’s distinctive terrain. Visits are planned to historic properties primarily situated beside the rivers and creeks that define that town’s boundaries and crisscross its rocky and picturesque interior — early stone houses along the Rondout Creek and Wallkill River, glimpses of Rifton’s Civil War-era industrial past, a Quaker farmhouse on the Old Post Road between the Black Creek and Swartekill watersheds and several stylish homes built for New York’s turn-of-the-century elite with majestic views of the Hudson. The tour will conclude with a visit to the grounds of John Burroughs’ “Riverby” and a viewing of the great naturalist’s “bark” study (a precursor to “Slabsides”).
Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance through the Land Trust’s website www.WallkillValleyLT.org or $30 the day of the event. Admission includes a reception following the tour at the Global Palate restaurant in West Park. On the day of the event, tickets, brochure and map will be distributed 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Dutch Reformed Church on Main Street (between Decker Avenue and Greenkill Road) in St. Remy. Proceeds benefit the WVLT’s land preservation efforts. For more information, call 255-2761 or visit www.WallkillValleyLT.org.