How the west once was: Art and culture in West Saugerties

Old-timer Sam Boyce was walking down West Saugerties Rd. (now West Saugerties–Woodstock Rd.) on a late spring day some 20-plus years ago. Passing a house about a mile past his driveway that until recently had been unoccupied, he stopped to talk with the new neighbor. “Now, are you folks weekenders,” he inquired, “or are you… real people?”

This assumption of the importance of rootedness runs deep in the hamlet, and indeed is part of the culture of the town of Saugerties itself. (Some people interviewed for this article and others about West Saugerties history and . . .

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