Local History
Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

The Village Board’s plan to combine the Planning and Historic Review boards to streamline the approval process for projects within the village’s two historic districts was praised at its most recent meeting. Review Board member Jonathan Shapiro said a combined board “will be more efficient.” Other speakers painted a picture of a board overzealous and...
Historical Society needs help heating Kiersted House

Historical Society needs help heating Kiersted House

As the nights turn cold, Marjorie Block’s mind turns to thoughts of heat. The village historian and president of the Saugerties Historical Society said $3,000 is needed to heat the 18th-century stone house that serves as the society’s headquarters and repository for Saugerties antiquities. Block said the thermostat is set at around 55 degrees and,...
Village may merge planning, historic boards

Village may merge planning, historic boards

The Saugerties Village Board is considering combining the village planning and historic review boards to speed up the application process for projects, but past and present Review Board members say the real motivation is to get the board out of the way. All new construction and renovations (including signage) within the village business district and...
History Day at Kiersted House

History Day at Kiersted House

Photos by David Gordon   A rainy morning didn’t stop the planned celebration of local history Saturday, Oct. 11, but it did slow it down. The usual demonstrations of Native American and colonial life that generally fill the lawn were reduced to just two. Stuart Lehman, dressed in period garb, showed his collection of antique...
Lighthouse gets funds for storm repairs

Lighthouse gets funds for storm repairs

The Saugerties Lighthouse is among 14 historically significant properties in New York State that will receive grants to address damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012. The 145-year-old landmark that has become the go-to symbol of Saugerties since its restoration in the late-’80s will get $175,000. “We are grateful for these much needed...
Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

While preservationists still hold out hope for a buyer who will restore the Dragon Inn to its Gilded Age glory, in the near term, the broken down structure has become an unsafe playground for neighborhood children. The village wants owner Ching Ya Wu to board the place up and put up a fence. Last winter...
Saugerties’ Benjamin unveils book on Hudson Valley history

Saugerties’ Benjamin unveils book on Hudson Valley history

“Early shafts of a red dawn rise on the eastern horizon, penetrating the sky as if wounding it, tomahawk-style… The great river’s form appears as a slightly arching shaft indented by a few protruding landforms, freckled with marshes and a few scattered islands. Let us say that in the center of this lush landscape a...
Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

Reading, writing & religion in West Saugerties

West Saugerties was a place where children received a memorable education— both in school and in church. Like other hamlets, there was a one-room schoolhouse near a modestly sized church. It was an education both worldly and spiritual, conveniently situated. “It was a good education because as a young student, you were learning your ABCs...
Dragon Inn addition collapses under weight of snow

Dragon Inn addition collapses under weight of snow

An unfinished addition on the former Dragon Inn collapsed under the weight of snow and ice last week. The original building, closed since the early ’90s, is the subject of preservationist efforts. Fans of Clovelea, the Queen Anne-style mansion crafted by architect Alfred H. Thorp for Saugerties industrialist W.R. Sheffield, generally favor removing the addition...
Learn the history of your house

Learn the history of your house

Ever wondered about the history of your home; who used to live there or what their lives were like?  Join Audrey Klinkenberg, town historian, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Saugerties Public Library to get started discovering the history of your home or building.
Key Club raises money for Kiersted House

Key Club raises money for Kiersted House

This year, the Saugerties High School Key Club chose to donate money it raised at the Garlic Festival to the local Historical Society and Food Pantry. Key Club faculty advisor Missy Greco says the club chose those two organizations because “we wanted to help those in our own community. We heard that the Kiersted House...
West Saugerties, its history and people

West Saugerties, its history and people

When Charles “Bub” Bach was a boy in West Saugerties in the late 1930s, he remembers, the hamlet had very few automobiles. “You could count the number of cars,” he recalls with a chuckle on the porch of his sprawling farmhouse. “Folks would take horses and buggies or they’d walk. There were so many paths....