Local History
Michael Sullivan Smith’s “A Brief History of Saugerties” published

Michael Sullivan Smith’s “A Brief History of Saugerties” published

It only took 114 years, but Saugerties is finally getting a new hyperlocal history book. Local resident, artist and self-described “history enthusiast” Michael Sullivan Smith has recently published A Brief History of Saugerties, out now on the History Press. Smith was born in Washington DC and raised in Pennsylvania, and studied art at the Pratt...
Legendary Saugertesian is a fitting representative of the Greatest Generation

Legendary Saugertesian is a fitting representative of the Greatest Generation

I knew Cliff Snyder from the early 1970s but hadn’t seen him in years. When we began organizing the collection at the Lamb Center, Bob Chapelle told Audrey and me that Cliff had known both Dan Lamb Sr. and Morris Rosenblum during those prime years of collecting in the Fifties and Sixties. After a half...
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...