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Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 2)

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 2)

Rumors proliferate in Woodstock like botulism in an ancient can of tuna fish. So until it failed to go away, I paid little mind to the one in the headline. A single visit to the town offices, however, and the gossip was at least partially substantiated. Someone named Erin Moran had indeed purchased 24 acres of land under and around one of Woodstock’s less advertised treasures (which occupies approximately 125 acres) for a dollar. Part 2 of 2.

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 1)

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 1)

Rumors proliferate in Woodstock like botulism in an ancient can of tuna fish. So until it failed to go away, I paid little mind to the one in the headline. A single visit to the town offices, however, and the gossip was at least partially substantiated. Someone named Erin Moran had indeed purchased 24 acres of land under and around one of Woodstock’s less advertised treasures (which occupies approximately 125 acres) for a dollar.

New signage marks historic New Paltz burial ground

New signage marks historic New Paltz burial ground

Once a separate hamlet lying between Ohioville and the Village of New Paltz, the Thruway Exit 18 gateway area now known as Putt Corners was originally spelled Put Corners. The name was conferred by 19th-century settler Napoleon Purdy, after his previous home of Putnam County. Purdy built a hotel at the crossroads around 1858, which was “a center of entertainment, lavish parties and dance lessons.”

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.