Local History

Weber lectures at WAAM on Woodstock Art Colony 1900-1930

Weber lectures at WAAM on Woodstock Art Colony 1900-1930

Bruce Weber’s Woodstock Art Colony: The Nascent Years 1900-1930 four part lecture series, which will run the first Saturday of each month into September, seeks to demonstrate not only the importance of art in Woodstock’s history, but also the town’s effect on American and world art, via a close look at the scene and the many personable characters who came together here a century ago.

The finds of “Flat Water”

The finds of “Flat Water”

Saturday, June 2: Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s popular Historic House Tour explores the architectural gems of mysterious Plattekill. 
Fun fact: The name “Plattekill” was derived from the calm stream – platte kill or “flat water” in Dutch – running through it. 

Historic house tour highlights Plattekill and its hamlets

Historic house tour highlights Plattekill and its hamlets

Saturday, June 2: Tour-goers will visit simple farmsteads and houses from the Federal period, three-bay side-hall and five-bay center-hall structures. Seven of the town’s most interesting and unusual vernacular structures in a range of period styles dating to the 19th and 20th centuries will be featured, with the Greek Revival aesthetic and the diversity of its expression in the region a recurring theme.

Empire State Railway Museum is polished up

Empire State Railway Museum is polished up

The Empire State Railway Museum, the former Phoenicia train station, has undergone a major sprucing up and reorganization as it prepares to serve as the terminus for the Rail Explorers rail bikes, which were chosen by Ulster County to take over the Phoenicia run of Catskill Mountain Railroad.The museum reopens Memorial Day weekend, as Rail Explorers launch their local operation, offering rail bike tours from Phoenicia to Mount Pleasant and back.