Local History
History: The Maple Grove House

History: The Maple Grove House

Byrnes Corners? Some of us might not even know there Was a Byrnes Corners. I heard about the Manhattan Hotel. I know people who went there, but it was Before My Time.  I was just young enough when the Thruway went in to not remember much about it. So I explored. I found a postcard...
A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

A mistake opens a gateway to the history of Saugerties’s gateway

The structure of every news story should have history within it. News doesn’t have much meaning without some background. The way a writer assumes history is, or assumes it is not, common knowledge to the reader, creates the context of what happens both for the news and in the news. A community who’s news is...
Chester Hartwell: He likes Saugerties

Chester Hartwell: He likes Saugerties

Chester Hartwell is from Watermill, Long Island and has lived in Saugerties since 2003. He is married and has two children. His background is in theatre but he has a voracious appetite for history and regional history specifically. He is the founder of the popular I Like Saugerties Facebook page. He greets me with a...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part V

How Saugerties streets got their names, part V

The last article in this series covering the  history of street names in the village of Saugerties looks at the streets of the historic overlay district south of the bridge, and Barclay Heights. The streets on the slopes down to the mills and up over Barclay Heights had a past uniquely separate from the rest...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

How Saugerties streets got their names, part IV

Different phases of development in the village can be seen in the feel of the architecture, in the varying lot sizes, and in the width of the streets and amount of lawn and sidewalk. These trends allows differentation in the flavor of individual neighborhoods. Land that Henry Barclay owned from his Livingston purchases that had...
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...