Local History

Explore Wethersfield Estate and Gardens

Explore Wethersfield Estate and Gardens

It could be one of Dutchess County’s best kept secrets. The Wethersfield Estate and Gardens is off the beaten path — well, gravel road — near the village of Amenia. Just the right amount of privacy and bucolic splendor make it the perfect getaway for an early 20th century industrialist, particularly one who enjoyed horse riding and generally communing with glorious nature.

The Land of Tomorrow: The Unknown Hervey White

The Land of Tomorrow: The Unknown Hervey White

Those who begin to study this town’s most elusive character at his end rather than at his beginning, won’t ever capture Hervey White. That’s why the godfather of Woodstock has eluded so many for so long. Scholars read Hervey’s last and least honest effort, that paid-for-but-never-published “Autobiography” and consider it gospel.

Long before that festival: Woodstock’s real musical history

Long before that festival: Woodstock’s real musical history

Byrdcliffe co-founder Jane Byrd Whitehead’s zither. John Sebastian’s custom-made leather harmonica belt. Tickets from the 1969 Woodstock Festival. These artifacts and many others, including photographs, posters, and reminiscences, are on display in the Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) exhibit “Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600-Present,” from June 29 to September 1, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

The swami and Stone Ridge

The swami and Stone Ridge

Whenever Vivekananda went on one of his exhausting lecture tours in the US, the Leggetts would offer their guru the use of their home, Ridgely Manor, as a country refuge for a period of rest and quiet.