The first thing to know about the Locust Lawn estate on Route 32 in Gardiner is that it’s not the same place as Locust Grove.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 26: The museum will open its season with a grand Community Event featuring live music, a food truck, children’s activities, and tours and hikes on the North Family grounds, where the utopian project throve from 1787 to 1947.
The May 19 house tour is the town’s most ambitious yet, with 68 stone houses.
Saturday, May 19: Hop aboard the bus and learn about the immigrants of 1710 who established West Camp. This docent-led tour offers views of some of the 68 stone houses in Asbury, Saxton and Blue Mountain.
Between the Thruway and the Hoogebergs, a clump of rolling hills behind Winston Farm where Saugerties blends into the Catskills, sits Asbury. If advocates have their way, the little neighborhood of farms and stone houses will become the town’s latest historic district.
The Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission unveiled its fourth annual art exhibit and announced the award-winners at a reception Saturday, April 28. The show will remain on view in the community room of the Elting Memorial Library during regular library hours through May 12.