Excerpt from diary of Nathaniel Booth, July 15, 1849

Nathaniel Booth talks of visiting the Senate House, 40 years before it was open to the public and known as the “Senate House!” Also in this excerpt, a problem at the Newark Lime & Cement Company on the Rondout. The “Vlight Berg” reference is an area that today is known as Hasbrouck Park in Kingston

Sunday 15 July

Cool and pleasant – took a long walk to Rondout and the cement quarry of the Newark Co – This ‘deep cut’ in the “Vlight Berg” has caved in – this deep cut is 200 yards long and 100 feet deep – one third of the wall called “Roof Wall” has fallen in filling the shaft and the cave with masses of worthless rock – the drift or tunnel progresses fast – cholera not so bad – called on Baldwin he lives in the old stone house where the delegates of the State first met – I saw the rooms they occupied as well as that in which the Constitution of the State was drawn up and adopted – It is venerable (for this country) old building and the many associations clinging to it make it a place of frequent visitors – In the graveyard of the Dutch Reformed Church is a cedar post over 120 years old – It is supported in its place by a stone tablet – the upper portion is perfectly sound and retains the flavor peculiar to that wood –

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“ Colden Day” at the Ruins

Colden Manison Courtesy of Coldengham Preservation and Historic Society

The Coldengham Preservation and Historic Societyis announcing their third Annual “ Colden Day” at the Ruins on Sunday April 26, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm. It will be held at the site of the ColdenMansion at the corner of Stone Castle Road and Rt. 17K inColdenham,NY. (Rain date is Sun. May 3) The public is invited to celebrate the establishment of the Society by joining our membership list.

Their mission statement is to raise public awareness and promote the appreciation of the history and legacy of Cadwallader Colden, Lt, Gov. of Provincial New York, and family;  to develop the Colden Mansion Ruins site into a heritage park, through preservation of the natural and built environment including the Colden Mansion Ruins, Colden Family Cemetery and Colden Canal. They have received a charter from the New York State Education Department.

 Free tours of the stabilized ruins will be conducted by Historians Suzanne Isaksen and Robert Williams. Under-the-tent  displays will include the mansion photo time-line, the Colden family and other occupants, the Colden Cemetery, Jane Colden’s “Native Plant Sanctuary “ bulletin and plant samples, Colden Family descendents, and the natural history of the site.  For more information go to the website: www.coldenpreservation.org. Or send an email to coldenpreservation@gmail.com.

A.J. Schenkman, Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian, teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books include “Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County,” “Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More,” and “Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh: Home to a Revolution.”  A.J. has columns in both The New York History Blog, and is a history blogger for The Times Herald Record. He has been featured in numerous publications, venues , radio, and television.

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Upcoming Event: Plattekill Historical Preservation Society Meeting

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Plattekill Historical Preservation Society will welcome guest speaker Selina Guendel, Chapter Regent of the Wiltwyck Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), to speak about the DAR and what membership in the DAR offers to the descendants in honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War.
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization that is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a local branch in Ulster County. The Wiltwyck Chapter of the DAR was organized in 1892 in Kingston, NY, just two years after the National DAR was founded, and is celebrating their 125th anniversary in 2015.
Also speaking during the program is Marny Janson, a representative of the Ulster County Genealogy Society, who will be relaying information of interest to those researching family history. The UCGS meets twice a month in Ulster County and has an extensive research library to share with those attending.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the Clintondale Firehouse, located 1915 Route 44/55 in Clintondale. The program is free; light refreshments will be served. For more information or directions, call (845)883-6118, email plattekillhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or visit the Plattekill Historical Preservation Society Facebook page.

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Museum Village and the Great War

Library of Congress

Museum Village located in Monroe, New York is a unique experience. It is a recreated 19th century village offering the visitor a chance to explore 19th century life in the United States. The visitor to this site is “transported” back in time to a typical 19th century village.This could not have happened without the vision of Roscoe William Smith.

The village was the dream of Roscoe William Smith. According to the site’s website, Smith was an electrical engineer, who founded the Orange and Rockland Company in 1905. He  was also a philanthropist who collected artifacts mostly from the 19th century. Although he clearly saw the benefits of modern inventions, such as electricity, he also saw the old way of doing things rapidly disappearing. “His main interest was in craft tools and mechanical devices: their invention, adaptation and development.” In an effort to preserve that way of life for future generations of Americans, Smith located outstanding examples of 19th century buildings, and relocated them to their present sites. These buildings ranged from a blacksmith shop to a livery to an example of a school house to a drugstore. He filled these buildings with artifacts from the 19th century. Museum Village finally opened on July 1, 1950.

Although primarily a 19th century museum, the site has a variety of events throughout the year, including a living history event honoring the sacrifices made by World War I veterans. It has become quite a popular event. Living historians, representing seven nations that were involved in “the war to end all wars,” are housed in the buildings around the site. There are also displays of uniforms as well as artifacts from the war.

The home front which was mobilized to help in the war effort will be represented during a canning demonstration to “highlight the work of the women of the Orange County Battalion. In addition to the demonstration, there will be lectures on chemical warfare and the uses of Zeppelins in combat.

A Great War Tribute will take place on March 21, 2015, from 12-4. The museum is on located State Route 17M Monroe, NY 10950. If you would like more information you can call: 845-782-8248 or visit their website at:

World World One re-enactors John Van Vliet, John Kish and Tom C. Carton use authentic uniforms, weapons and equipment in their efforts to keep the efforts of so many soldiers historically significant. – Museum Village

A.J. Schenkman, Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian, teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books include “Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County,” “Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More,” and “Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh: Home to a Revolution.”  A.J. has columns in both The New York History Blog, and is a history blogger for The Times Herald Record. He has been featured in numerous publications, venues , radio, and television.


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The Keeper of Secrets:A View into the World of a Woman of History

Willa Skinner posing with two Revolutionaries during a Gala of Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, NY.

NEWBURGH, NY – Each year, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site sets out to recognize one woman’s demonstration of the character traits of Martha Washington. Throughout the American Revolution, including the time she spent with her husband at Headquarters, Newburgh, Martha Washington partook in activities displaying a myriad of traits that would cement her unique position as a woman of history. Since 2003, fourteen leading women of the Hudson Valley have been chosen to receive the “Martha Washington Woman of History Award.” This year’s recipient, Willa Skinner, allowed the unique opportunity to learn about her motivations and most memorable moments.

Willa Skinner’s answer to the question about what she does for a living was short, quick and surprising at first, “I perform C.P.R.” Collect, preserve and research, that is. And for the past fifty years Ms. Skinner has done just that for the residents of Dutchess County in her role as the Town of Fishkill Historian. She expressed, “A lot of town historians just sit and know…I think the knowledge should be spread around.”

Upon entering Willa’s office at the Fishkill Town Hall one notes the ephemera of fifty plus years of service. Historic newspaper clippings, notices and posters are proudly displayed.  A filing cabinet sits close to her desk and houses hundreds of files she referred to when explaining some of her research. At home in this enclave, this “keeper of secrets” will share her knowledge with anyone willing to listen.

One big listener in 2014 was CNN when they set out to investigate the ancestral “roots” of thirteen of its prominent hosts. The anchor Jake Tapper’s story led him to Dutchess County. CNN started by contacting the Fishkill First Reformed Church to find the best person to tell that story. Willa Skinner was their woman. Impressed by the experience, Tapper was the first to describe Willa as, “the keeper of the secrets,” and a secret was brought to light! Willa’s research revealed Tapper’s ancestors were Loyalists during the Revolution. Tapper was stunned, “I could not believe it. My ancestors, my colonial ancestors, were on the side of the British. Let me repeat that: the British. The wrong side… It was like poison on my lips.” To Tapper, this news was more incredible than learning his seventh great-grandfather may have lived to be 128 years old and eight years before his death courted a 21 year old woman. The confident young woman turned him down.

Willa Skinner is the 2015 recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award.

Raised in the Bronx, Willa eventually sought a journalism degree from New York University. After graduating she married and eventually relocated to Dutchess County. In the early 1950s there weren’t many female journalists. One area newspaper she applied informed her they did not hire females to work in the newsroom!  She finally did get a job with a local newspaper and for many years composed stories about the area. She became involved with the Van Wyck Homestead and helped to found the Fishkill Historical Society in 1962. Two years later she was appointed Fishkill Town Historian.

A “keeper of secrets” doesn’t seem to be an accurate description of the Town of Fishkill Historian. Stories may become secrets when they go untold, but Willa has dedicated her career to sharing them. Not only is she an accomplished author of history, which include the books “Remembering Fishkill” and “Signal Fires in the Highlands,” Willa was a columnist with the Southern Dutchess News and Beacon Free Press for more than forty years. She currently serves on the publication committee of the Dutchess County Historical Society, is a member of the Dutchess County Municipal Historians Association, and the Association of Public Historians of New York State.

Willa taught a course at Dutchess Community College called, “Finding the Roots of Your House” and enjoys researching the records of historic structures. She especially finds the Hasbrouck House, General Washington’s Headquarters, fascinating due to the presence of Martha’s Washington. She admitted, “What amazes me when I see Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh is that the house is so small yet it held his secretaries, staff, soldiers and others. I think Martha had her hands full.”  Willa will also have her hands full as she accepts this year’s title as the 2015 Martha Washington Woman of History; an honor she finds makes her very happy, the Revolutionary War is one of her favorite time periods to investigate!

The award ceremony will take place during Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site’s program, “The General’s Lady,” on March 22nd starting at 2:00 P.M. in the site’s Museum building. Inspired by Martha Washington, this event pays tribute to both the impact of noteworthy historical women, and to contemporary women making a difference in the field of history and preservation in the Hudson Valley. The event will also feature Ruth Pierpont, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as she shares her unique perspective on historic preservation.

Admission to the program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information call (845) 562-1195.

This article was prepared by the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands (FSHSHH), a registered 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization that exists to benefit three New York State Historic Sites – Washington’s Headquarters, New Windsor Cantonment, and Knox’s Headquarters. The supported historic sites gain from this organization’s mission to increase public awareness of the three sites’ historical and educational significance; to raise funds to be used to supplement the educational, programming and collection needs of the sites; and to offer quality education and history related items for sale to site visitors. For more information in regard to membership contact them at Friends.SHSHH@gmail.com.

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Reinventing the Rondout

Rondout Creek

The Rondout waterfront in Kingston was a bustling, industrial town in the 19th century.  Bluestone, bricks, coal, steamships and many other businesses were thriving on the Strand, so much so that it took until the late 19th century for the village of Rondout to officially become incorporated into what would be become known as the City of Kingston.  There is no question the Rondout and Kingston have well-documented, illustrious pasts.  But now the 21st century is here and the Rondout waterfront is still showing vestiges of the past. The question now becomes: What should be done with the abandoned industrial sites that were left behind? And how can we balance historic preservation and future development?

This is the challenge facing the city of Kingston now.  The Rondout Waterfront is a popular tourist and local destination but there is still much more to be redeveloped, readapted and reinvigorated.  The key to redeveloping the Rondout waterfront successfully is to remember the past that made the Rondout the place it is today, but recognize that the waterfront has great potential to be a world-class destination with the right planning and ingenuity.

The exciting news is that there is new movement in Kingston to take a close look at the Rondout Waterfront, determine which areas are best suited for redevelopment and which may serve well as open spaces, or parking spaces!  There are brownfields, abandoned buildings, abandoned kiln sites, abandoned brickyards and wrecks of boats and barges from long ago to deal with, but as challenging as it will be to change the face of the Rondout, the end result will be well worth the effort.

What’s driving the movement is a commitment from residents, business owners and city government to take the great asset that the waterfront is and turn it into something fantastic.  The possibilities are endless!  The work has already begun with the Hudson River Maritime Museum recently announcing that it purchased a former restaurant with the intention of opening a boat building school.  It is this type of innovation and commitment to preserving the Rondout’s past that will make the Rondout Waterfront revitalization a great success.  I’m sure Thomas Cornell (1814-1890), founder of the 19th century Cornell Steamboat Company on the Rondout, is smiling down!

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History 101: HABS/HAER

View from northeast. April 1934. Mac Farland. - Freer House,

During the Great Depression, a remarkable archive was created by the Federal Government. In 1933 the Historic American Buildings Survey was created, which is more simply known by the acronym HABS. According to the HABS website located on the Library of Congress’s website, Charles E. Peterson of the National Park Service proposed that 1,000 out-of-work architects, draftsmen, and photographers spend some ten weeks documenting unique historical and architectural gems around the nation. Petersen’s desire to embark on this endeavor can best be summed up by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Helen Wilkinson Reynold’s book Dutch Houses in the Hudson Valley Before 1776. He wrote in the introduction that he remembered an old Dutch home from when he was a child that had been destroyed. He looked for a drawing or photograph of the home, but none existed. He realized that these homes, which were a part of our history, were quickly disappearing.

General view of station, from east - Erie Railway, Goshen Station, Grand & Erie Streets, Goshen, Orange County, NY

John Haskell House, Windsor Highway (Route 32), New Windsor, Orange County, NY

When HABS was created, it procured detailed drawings, interior and exterior photos, and in many cases data pages which offered supplemental material or histories of homes. Eventually this program was expanded to include the Historic American Engineering Record or HAER, in 1969, and finally the Historic American Landscape Survey, or HALS in 2,000.

Years ago, if you wanted to access the vast HABS archive, you had to journey to Washington, D.C. or conduct research in a library and/or order specific pictures or drawings. The internet-age has changed all of this, thus making the archive more accessible. For example, starting in the 1990s, the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Davison started digitizing the whole HABS collection. Though under the domain of the National Park Service, the permanent collection is online at the following address http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer/

Beaverkill Bridge, Spanning Beaver Kill, TR 30 (Craigie Claire Road), Roscoe, Sullivan County, NY

This site is a great start for people not only interested in researching their old homes, but also for them to learn more about the unique structures in their past and present communities. In some cases, I have used this archive to decipher alterations on structures over a period of time. The wonderful thing is that it is free and searchable by community, state, or even keyword. An added bonus is that not all the pictures are in black and white-some of the slides are in color such as the documentation of the Mohonk Mountain House. These images can also be downloaded. It is important to point out that this archive is primarily for homes that unique or historic and not necessarily just old.

The HABS archive is also a great resource for not only those researching their homes or communities, but in addition, it is also a great tool for teachers. Through this archive, history students can explore not only President Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park when he lived there, but also Monticello, Jefferson’s Home in Virginia. Even closer to home, students can digitally tour the Abraham, Hasbrouck home on Huguenot Street or Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh.

A.J. Schenkman, Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian, teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books include “Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County,” “Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More,” and “Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh: Home to a Revolution.”  A.J. has columns in both The New York History Blog, and is a history blogger for The Times Herald Record. He is also a past- VIP for Teaching the Hudson Valley. He has been featured in numerous publications, venues , radio, and television.

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Industrial Age Comes to Life in Kingston

1901 US cartoon from Puck depicting John D. Rockefeller

For one night the year will be 1880. Cornell Street Studios and Theatre on the Road
present an evening as a partial benefit for Friends of Historic Kingston. The
evening will include appetizers, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages provided
by Stone Soup of Kingston, live music by classical flutist Monica Lewin and a
performance by local acting troupe Theatre on the Road.

Date: Saturday, March
14, 2015
Place: Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell Street-2nd floor, Kingston,
New York 12401
Refreshments and live music: 6:30 PM
Performance at: 7:00 PM
Cost: $35 in advance – $45 at door
$30 for members of Cornell Street
For information: 845-594-4428

KINGSTON: Voices from the Past is an
original production, written and directed by Ankia Krempl and Frank Marquette of
Theatre on the Road.  Set in 1880 during the heyday of Kingston’s industrial
age, the presentation will include appearances and stories by captains of
industry Thomas Cornell, Samuel Coykendall and James McEntee. They’ll be joined
by celebrated architect Calvert Vaux, artists Jervis McEntee and Julia McEntee
Dillon and philanthropist Mary Forsyth. Each will talk about the contributions
they made to the growth of Kingston with drama and humor. Audience interaction
will be included as actors in period costumes bring these characters to

owned and operated multi-studio complex for the arts in Midtown Kingston. It was
established by Ken Darmstadt in 2007. The idea was to create a multi-media space
for the Arts – hosting a variety of events including art exhibits and fitness
classes. In December 2008, Ken’s daughter Renee joined Cornell Street Studios
and began planning events for the space. In 2015 events include large themed
group art exhibits, boutique fitness sessions, an annual retro car show, fashion
shows, cooking classes, photo-shoots, and a holiday craft event of handmade
vintage items.

Contact: Renee Darmstadt

THEATRE ON THE ROAD offers entertaining and educational programs to area schools,
libraries and historic sites. Original works are produced and performed for the
purpose of enriching and inspiring both students and the general
public. Theatre on the Road is the creation of actor, writer and director
Frank Marquette along with his wife and producing partner, Kristen. They have
been producing quality shows for both public and private events since 1998.
Their services include original and customized scripts, professional performers
and singers, one-of-a-kind production values and the marketing and publicity
skills needed to ensure the success of each event.

Contact: Frank Marquette

FRIENDS OF HISTORIC KINGSTON is a not-for-profit organization whose members share a
common trait: we care about preserving and promoting the history and heritage of
Kingston, New York. www.fohk.org

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Arson in the “Gunks”

The American Fireman_by Louis Maurer 1858-Library of Congress

Every day I drive through the Minnewaska State Preserve where the great fire of 2008 burned thousands of acres. It was one of the most spectacular natural events I have ever witnessed and helped contain as a firefighter. While driving that stretch of the mountains, I sometimes start to think about past fires such as the fires which occurred in the summer of 1909.

In August 1909, residents who lived in the Shawangunks and communities that surrounded it were concerned about the drought that had griped the mountains. It was a very dry summer. It would not take much to ignite the dry underbrush of the mountains.  Fire was no stranger to the “Gunks.” Berry pickers periodically lit monster blazes to ensure a good crop of berries the following year. They mostly burned away brush that choked out the berry plants.

When a fire broke out in early August 1909, people felt it was just a berry picker fire. Even as the fire grew out of control it was felt that some berry pickers had probably neglected it. This had happened before. It was felt, as in years past, eventually rains would come and  help extinguish the blaze. However, as the fire continued to grow consuming more and more acreage, local residents  were reminded of May 1906 when a fire raged from Lake Minnewaska to Wa

warsing consuming thousands of acres. The 1906 fire came close to consuming Kerhonkson. It was halted by citizens and firefighters under direction of Fire Warden Fluckiger.

When the Minnewaska mountain houses were threatened by this latest fire, firefighters responded from New Paltz, Mohonk, and Kerhonkson in order to protect the mountain houses. It became apparent that the 1909 fire between Minnewaska and Awosting was different. Firefighters began to suspect foul play when a new fire started in a stand of chestnuts which was not berry habitat. Furthermore, it was too far from the main fire for embers to have drifted and ignited the stand of trees.  Arson became suspected as the cause of these wildfires; not berry pickers. Stoking these fears was a suspicious fire at Wildmere, one of the mountain house on Lake Minnewaska, a barn caught fire late at night.

Firefighters were eventually able to bring the fires under control. In an effort to contain flare-ups, they hauled hogsheads of water by wagon to the fire locations. The barrels would be left there  as a water source if the fires rekindled. Just as expected, it was reported that some of the fires had rekindled. Firefighters hiked up to the fire confident that they could extinguish it with the water they had earlier positioned close to the fire.  What they discovered when they finally reached their destinations was that someone had emptied all the barrels and thrown them into the fire. If there was any doubt that fires were the work of an arsonist, this confirmed it.  Residents demanded action from the authorities who tried to reassure citizens that the culprit would be apprehended. Frustrated, citizens formed patrols threatening that if anyone was seen looking like they were lighting new fires or were where they did not belong they would be shot dead.

Overlook Fire of 08'-Author

There are no indications that the arsonist or arsonists were ever caught. Just as quickly as the suspicious fires started is how quickly they stopped.  The fires were eventually brought back under control and with the help of heavy rains, which broke the drought, were finally extinguished.


A.J. Schenkman, Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian, teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books include “Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County,” “Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More,” and “Washington’s Headquarters Newburgh: Home to a Revolution.”  A.J. has columns in both The New York History Blog, and is a history blogger for The Times Herald Record. He is also a past- VIP for Teaching the Hudson Valley. He has been featured in numerous publications, venues , radio, and television.

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“Til Death Do Us Part”

Courtesy of HHS

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street has announced an upcoming fundraiser, “’Til Death Do Us Part,” a Murder Mystery dinner event. Guests will be transported back in time to 1928 to attend the wedding reception of two famous silent film stars. The dinner will begin at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz) at 6 pm on Friday, March 13.

Guests will have a unique opportunity to engage in local history in the context of one of America’s defining eras – the roaring twenties – and rub elbows with glamorous silent film and “talkie” stars, including newlyweds Evie and Eddie. Also in attendance will be notable artists, jazz singers, flappers, bootleggers, and other famous personalities of the time. Characters in period attire will engage guests in relevant conversation on hot topics of the 20s like the film industry and advent of the studio system, prohibition, and even the 1927 New York Yankees.

A period-appropriate dinner will be prepared by the popular Blue Crane Inn, a “cornerstone of nightlife in New Paltz,” founded in 1900 and now known as P&G’s. Wine and period cocktails will be provided by Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits. A live jazz performance will accompany dinner.

1920s Blue Crane Inn -Courtesy of P & Gs

Unfortunately, Evie and Eddie’s marital bliss is cut short. After dinner, guests will proceed to the historic Deyo House to solve a shocking murder mystery.

“This is the first interactive fundraiser of its kind at Historic Huguenot Street,” said Mary Etta Schneider, President and Board Chair. “Huguenot Street is unique in that we are able to interpret a wide breadth of history, from the colonial period through the mid-20th century. New Paltz itself has a vibrant history, and we are excited to be able to portray New Paltz in the 1920s and to partner with a local landmark – P&G’s – who has generously donated dinner for the fundraising event. We are also grateful to Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, whose continued support of Huguenot Street events enables us to contribute much more of proceeds from events like this into our programs and preservation.”

Space is limited for this unique evening. Reservations are required and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals $125. Couples $225. VIP tickets are also available. The VIP experience includes seating at the Sweetheart Table with Evie and Eddie, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and the option to play a period character. Period dress is optional, but encouraged. VIP Individuals $150. VIP Couples $275. Register at huguenotstreet.org/murdermystery.

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve their French and Dutch heritage.  Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.

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