Next, we headed up to the top of Hasbrouck Park overlooking the Hudson and learned more about the Newark Lime & Cement Company, its formation, and viewed some historic images of the company's cement mines and kilns.
Finally, we headed just up the road to the Century House Museum and Widow Jane Mine at the A.J. Snyder Estate, where we learned all about natural cement, from its geological origins with the formation of Pangea, to the end of natural cement mining in the 1940s, to the adaptive reuse of former cement mines for everything from growing mushrooms to escaping potential nuclear blasts.
We ended the day with a trek down to the Widow Jane Mine:
Century House Museum is open for guided tours, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sundays starting tomorrow, May 14, 2017, and the grounds are open for self-guided tours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Hasbrouck Park is open daily for self-guided tours. There are a number of trails to explore. The view from the top is spectacular!
The Ponckhockie Congregational Church is still an active church, so they're not generally open except on Sundays, but you can visit and hear their amazing 19th century organ every Sunday. Donations are always appreciated.
And of course you can visit (and stay at!) the 1850 House & Inn. The tavern is open Wednesday through Sunday at 4:00 PM and you can book a room any time.
If you are interested in other local history tours with HRMM, check out these upcoming options:
6/3/17 Car Tour - Delaware and Hudson Canal
Join the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the D&H Canal Museum for a joint tour of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, from High Falls to Kingston.
The tour begins at 10 am in High Falls at the D&H Canal Museum with a guided tour of the museum and the Five Lock Walk, led by D&H Canal Museum Historian & Curator Bill Merchant.
At noon, the group will leave the museum and drive along Creek Locks Road with a guide to the locks that can be seen from the road and end at the Anchorage Restaurant in Eddyville. A buffet lunch at the Anchorage is included in the ticket price.
After lunch, learn about Lock #1 in Eddyville (right outside the Anchorage!), then hop back in the car and head down Route 213 to the Rondout, where HRMM Curator Allynne Lange will lead a walking tour of the Rondout Waterfront, including a discussion of Island Dock and Company Hill Path.
The tour ends at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where participants can choose to take a self-guided tour through the museum. Museum admission is included in the ticket price.
Tickets are $40 for HRMM and/or D&H Canal Museum members, $45 for non-members. Lunch and museum admissions are included in the ticket price. HRMM and/or D&H Canal Museum members must be current members. If registering with a name different than the primary member, please list their name in the notes field.
Tour meets at:
The D&H Canal Historical Society and Museum
23 Mohonk Road
High Falls, NY 12440
Parking is somewhat limited, so if you are attending this tour with a group, please carpool!
Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list at the D&H Canal Museum 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 tour is limited to 30 people.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
06/17/17 Bike Tour - Kingston Point Park
Learn more about the Rondout Lighthouse, Hudson River Day Line steamboat landing, and the amusement park at Kingston Point Park on this gentle, family-friendly bike ride.
We'll start at 10:00 AM in front of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, then bike down the road and follow the gravel path along the trolley tracks (mountain bikes or wider tires recommended). Along the way, we'll pause to talk about the Rondout Lighthouse, then continue on to the steamboat landing.
We'll stop for a water and snack break (provided) under the pavilion and take a look at historic images of the park, then head back to HRMM along city streets.
Families are welcome. Bring your own bike and all participants will please wear helmets. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
PRICE: $15 for HRMM members, $20 for non-members. Children age 7-16 $10 for HRMM members, $15 for non-members. Children 6 and under free. Tickets include water, snack and complimentary admission to the Hudson River Maritime Museum.