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Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 9th Annual Houses on the Land Historic House Tour 
Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land -
Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns 
June 1, 2019
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Angela and Lee OSullivanThe 2019 tour explored the fascinating early history and industrial and cultural heritage of Rosendale and surrounding hamlets - High Falls, Cottekill, Binnewater, Lawrenceville, Bloomington, and Eddyville - from its early agrarian Dutch settlements through its evolution into a prosperous industrialboom-town in the 19th century, to its recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community. The building of the D & H Canal to transport coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and the discovery of natural “Rosendale” cement, prized for its exceptional durability, and later the Wallkill Valley Railroad, shaped the town and brought international prominence to the area.

The day began with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers were Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the Historical Society’s D&H

Reception 2019 Ahl House volunteers

Canal Museum. Featured houses were among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th  centuries. Highlighted were stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth. 

All proceeds benefited WVLT's land preservation efforts.

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Thank you everyone who came out for the
House Tour on Saturday, June 3rd!
It was a lovely day and we so are so thankful to our homwoeners, volunteers and sponsors!
Proceeds benefit WVLT's land preservation efforts. 

The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from

New Paltz to Bontecoe

The 2017 focus on the Town of New Paltz coincided with the year-long celebration WVLT's 30th Anniversary. The closing reception was held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement. The tour explored the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Patentees”  - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain.

The tour began with a special program at Historic Huguenot Street. Also featured were seven of the town's important houses and farms from the early 18th century and the mid-20th. All were either built by Huguenot descendants or upon Huguenot lands. Included were early stone houses, a 1930s Federal-style stone dwelling, a stunning brick Greek revival beauty, a fanciful late 19th century manor house, and a soaring labrynthine barn converted for modern living. 

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Houses and Farms in the Wallkill River Valley
The Changing Face of Agriculture in Gardiner and Shawangunk

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Sherwood’s Forest: Rural Lloyd from the Wetlands to the River
Our 2016 historic house tour explored the fascinating legacy of the Town of Lloyd’s rural interior. Perched on a shale terrace, bounded by the Swartekill marshes on the west and the Hudson cliffs to the east, its romantic rocky ridges, ravines, streams and woodsy terrain are the heroes of Warren Sherwood's poems and town history.
Creativity and the arts played a role in this tour, which featured eight of the town’s most important rural homesteads dating from the early 19th century to the present. Some were occupied by artists or contain interesting collections; others were fancifully re-imagined by an artistic personality or created more recently as visions of earlier 20th–century architectural traditions. They ranged from unusual stone dwellings and traditional clapboard farm houses, including a “tiny” abode, to a dramatic contemporary structure on the Hudson.
Most were never before been open to the public.
Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.
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Thank you everyone who helped make the 2015 House Tour Fundraiser a success!
Houses on the Land
The Fruits of Marlborough
From the Highlands to the Hudson

Our 2015 tour celebrated the rich and enduring cultural history, architectural traditions and agricultural heritage of Marlborough’s hamlets – Milton, Marlboro and Lattingtown, a region defined by sweeping vistas of the Hudson River  and the fertile orchard-crowned hills rising up to its west. Featured were many of the township’s finest private homes, farm complexes and historic sites dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, including early and rare 18th century frame dwellings, grand river houses perched high above the Hudson, and their charming rural-cousins in orchard country spanning a range of styles from Greek Revival to the Picturesque.

Most had never before been open to the public. Four of the sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Proceeds from this tour will go to land preservation in southern Ulster County.

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