Local History
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....
Lincoln in Saugerties

Lincoln in Saugerties

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, just 272 words long, took about two minutes to deliver, said reenactor Peter Lindemann of Cobleskill, who read the address as part of a commemoration at American Legion Post 72 on Saturday, Nov. 23. The address followed a two-hour keynote speech by Edward Everett, a former senator, Massachusetts governor and secretary...
POV: Historic Preservation need not be boring

POV: Historic Preservation need not be boring

How fortunate the town of Saugerties is to have a unique history and people who want to preserve that legacy. On Monday, Oct. 14, a presentation by the Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) gave the audience an opportunity to learn about the preservation efforts of some of those people. The presentation was organized...
Floral royalty

Floral royalty

  “My mom was so proud, she just cried and cried,” said this year’s Mum Queen, Olivia Bronson, prior to the Oct. 5 Mum Bowl. Her mother is Christa Bronson. The naming of the Mum Queen and her court by their fellow high school seniors is a 45-year tradition in Saugerties. Voting takes place in...
Pride and joy

Pride and joy

The Saugerties Historical Society received a Pride of Ulster County award on Sept. 25. “It’s all about the recognition, and of course, the money,” said Marjorie Block, president of the Historical Society, adding that the group was up against cultural organizations like Byrdcliffe. “It was a nice recognition for what we do,” Block said. She...