In 1990, while first writing for this paper, I began “ghosting about” what was then called the “Woodstock Artists Association.”
The Roaring Twenties were a roaring old time in Ulster County, thanks in great part to Legs Diamond. He had an aqueduct constructed under the streets of Kingston: a beer aqueduct, running from his brewery at Barmann and South Clinton avenues in Kingston down to the river, where barrels of beer were filled and loaded onto barges. One rumor has it that Judge Joseph Force Crater, who stepped out of a night spot in midtown Manhattan and was never seen again, may have been buried in Legs Diamond’s brewery.
If you were to design a country store and roadhouse, Henry Wilgus’s store in the little Saugerties hamlet of High Woods, on the corner of Dutchtown Rd. and Glasco Tpke., would be the perfect model.
High Woods is an unincorporated hamlet in the town of Saugerties, which means it has no real basis for existing,