Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 5:30 PM
Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum for a guided walking tour of Sleightsburgh Spit in Port Ewen, NY.
Sleightsburgh Spit has been built up over the years on the remains of a 19th century barge graveyard. Wooden canal boats and barges built for the Delaware & Hudson Canal and Hudson River shipping were abandoned near the mouth of Rondout Creek when they had outlived their usefulness.
The tour begins with a walk along Rondout Creek so participants can see the barge graveyard at its best at low tide and learn how the “graveyard” came to be. Then, walk down to the edge of the spit and learn about the installation of three separate lighthouses starting in the 1830s, and the construction of breakwaters in the late 19th century.
This tour is through ungroomed trails with occasional poison ivy, so participants are strongly encouraged to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, socks, and long pants.
Tour meets at:
800 First Ave.
Esopus, NY 12429
Tickets are $10 for HRMM members, $15 for non-members.
Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list at the park, or you can print out your confirmation email. If you are purchasing for multiple people and arriving separately, please list their names in the notes field.
This two-hour cruise aboard the Rip Van Winkle will focus on historic houses and architecture of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Speakers will discuss the great mansions, monasteries, and other Hudson River-related structures. Talks will be 15-20 minutes with time for Q&A and socializing. Light refreshments included and a cash bar.
Date: September 27
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (The Rip Van Winkle will be departing at 5:30 pm please arrive at least 20 minutes before to board the boat)
Departure location: 1 East Strand Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Price: $39 for HRMM member and $49 for non-members
Donald Fraser (Educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site) presenting on Mid-Hudson Valley country estates that symbolized power and imitated European styles.
Kitty McCullough (Co-founder the Kingston Midtown Arts District) presenting information about
Calvert Vaux's seminal role in the development of the American Country House with the landscapes at Wilderstein, Hoyt House, and Norrie Point serving as prime examples.
Evan and Chris Quimby (House Supervisor and Docent at Wilderstein Historic Site) presenting a virtual tour of Wilderstein Historic Site and additional information about the Suckley family who occupied the premises for 140 years.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
Become a member and receive benefits like unlimited free museum admission, discounts on classes, programs, and in the museum store, plus invitations to members-only events.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum receives no federal, state, or municipal funding except through competitive, project-based grants. Your donation helps support our mission of education and preservation.