Local History
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...
Revolutionary War and the Hudson Valley lecture at library

Revolutionary War and the Hudson Valley lecture at library

Before his name became synonymous with traitor, Benedict Arnold disobeyed orders and launched an attack on General John Burgoyne in a tiny New York hamlet called Bemis Heights Oct. 7, 1777, forcing the British from the high ground and into a retreat that culminated in the surrender of 6,000 men ten days later at Saratoga....
Cleaning up Clovelea (aka Dragon Inn)

Cleaning up Clovelea (aka Dragon Inn)

The building looks rundown, with an incomplete addition on the right-hand side, but a sense of its former splendor can still be perceived; especially after a crew of more than a half-dozen volunteers spent much of Saturday, July 20 clearing brush and trash from the site, exposing the paved courtyard in front of the building....
Locals played important role at Gettsyburg, and paid a dear cost

Locals played important role at Gettsyburg, and paid a dear cost

One hundred and fifty years ago, during the second day of the battle history knows as Gettysburg, things were looking bleak for the Union Army. The Rebs were mounting a bold assault on Cemetery Ridge and some of the most brutal fighting in the war broke out in the Peach Orchard and Devil’s Den. Private...