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Michelle Volunteer House Tour 2017 New Paltz

The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) invites you to volunteer for its 9th annual historic house tour in Rosendale! 

As a volunteer, you will join a small team of docents for one of two shifts at one of the houses on the tour. Docents help to monitor and safeguard the homes, direct traffic flow, enforce rules, and share their knowledge of their assigned home’s history and architectural features, thereby enhancing the tour’s reputation as an interesting, enjoyable and smoothly run event. As a thank you for your service, volunteers receive admission to the tour and the reception following.  

button volunteer for the house tour here



  • Early-May: An orientation package will be e-mailed (or mailed if you don’t have e-mail) to you about three weeks prior to the tour. It will include the history of the township, a description of your assigned house, a map of the tour route with specific directions to the house, and a list of fellow docents.
  • Saturday, June 1: All docents are to arrive at their assigned house by 9:45 am where they will receive their registration materials, any final instructions, and an orientation tour of the house.

First Shift:                    9:45 am – 1:45 pm (9:45-10:45 All Docents’ Registration & Orientation) 

Second Shift:               1:45 am - 4:30 pm (must arrive 9:45 for orientation; leave at 10:45 for tour; return at 1:30 for shift)

Reception:                   4:30 pm (sharp) – 6:00 pm at a private home (optional)

Want to participate?  

  • Please email José Moreno-Lacalle, the Docent Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (^ or sign up through the button above ^ ) giving your name, mailing address, phone numbers (home and cell for the day of tour) and an email address, if applicable. If you don’t have e-mail or a friend who does, please call José at 845-255-6133. Please also indicate your preferences: shift assignment; want to work with a friend, are willing to handle parking, have enhanced knowledge and/or experience to qualify you as a shift captain, or have special needs (transportation issues, standing and stairs). We will do our best to accommodate you.

We hope you will join us in supporting this important endeavor and look forward to hearing from you. It will be an interesting and fun experience!