Local History
Remembering Ziegler's Cafe

Remembering Ziegler’s Cafe

On my walk about town, I strolled into 89 Partition Street, home of the store Dig, a portion of which was formerly Café Tamayo, and remembered from my younger days as Broomie’s. Inside, I see the old bar, the old ceiling fans. I remember back Jimi Rowland, Stevie Atwood and others jamming in the back...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

The Village Addition streets When the village incorporated in 1831, its borders were set to geographic landmarks where the Sawyerkill meets Malden Ave., the Tannery Brook meets the turnpike, and the road to the ford crossed the Esopus near the village line and Esopus Bend. New streets spread out to fill these corners once the...
The first British invasion: Historian discusses New Netherland takeover

The first British invasion: Historian discusses New Netherland takeover

The 1664 British takeover of the Dutch colony of New Netherland — which afterward became New York — was one of the most important events in our state history. So says Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon, who feels so strongly about the significance of that event that she petitioned the state government two years ago...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part II

How Saugerties streets got their names, part II

Few streets of the early village were planned north of Main St. because there was a focus on Livingston lands south of Main St. All the streets there follow a grid of lots laid out in a survey made in 1827 by John Kiersted after the Chancellor’s heir, Robert L. Livingston, sold his land in...
How Saugerties streets got their names

How Saugerties streets got their names

Saugerties history can be found in almost all the street names of the village. In this series of articles, the history of all the street names in the village of Saugerties will be discussed.   First installment: The village core around Main St. Main St., for Saugerties, is a level stretch on a long road...
History column: Youth and experience

History column: Youth and experience

James Eights, M.D., an amateur geologist, writes in the fall of 1835 in his description of the rock formations the Esopus cuts through to reach the Hudson River: “The Village of Ulster… is of a quite recent date, not having been much improved ‘til within the period of the last eight or ten years. It...
Letter: The facts of the Clovelea/ Dragon Inn stop-work order

Letter: The facts of the Clovelea/ Dragon Inn stop-work order

Clovelea awaits restoration as it has for over 20 years. The recent presumed purchaser has made no effort to follow proper procedure for the restoration of the Clovelea property. I say presumed because the “new” owner has yet to register his ownership with Ulster County. With no official owner he is unable to obtain the...
Saugerties Harbor: Past and Present

Saugerties Harbor: Past and Present

Dredging of Saugerties Harbor commenced on Monday, Sept. 14. Methodically, heavy machinery was deployed in full view of the lighthouse. A tall yellow crane towered above the trees. Its perch was a rusty work barge anchored by long steel spuds. With a whirring of winches and cables, the crane’s boom lurched and hoisted an orange...
Prohibition days in Saugerties

Prohibition days in Saugerties

In 1929, Prohibition-era gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond bought a house in Acra, in Greene County, just west of Cairo. He moved in with his wife and his mistress, each of whom was wildly jealous of the other. They walked around the house armed, just waiting for the other to try something. But unbeknownst to them,...
History: The original lead mill at Glenerie

History: The original lead mill at Glenerie

The falls at Glenerie are familiar to drivers on route 9W — on the right heading south leaving Saugerties. What is little known is that the industrial ruins of early mills, gone for more than a century now, seen between the road and the falls there, are the site of Glenerie, not where the present...
Remembering Wilgus’s general store

Remembering Wilgus’s general store

If you were to design a country store and roadhouse, Henry Wilgus’s store in the little Saugerties hamlet of High Woods, on the corner of Dutchtown Rd. and Glasco Tpke., would be the perfect model. You walked into a square room with a counter and a cash register, but Henry Wilgus didn’t use the cash...
Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

Saugerties hamlets and cultural geography

We all know our address. It’s a number. There’s also the number “20” that represents Saugerties to visitors that come here on the Thruway. If you’re coming here from, let’s say, San Francisco, you get directions from Google Maps that follow many numbers on their respective roads right to the mailbox of your destination. The assumption...