Category Archives: Orange County

Old Town’s Notable Residents

One of my favorite burial grounds/cemeteries is the Old Town Cemetery in the city of Newburgh. One of the many reasons it is a favorite destination is because of the notable people interred within its bounds. Two such notables are congressmen, Thomas McKissock and Jonathan Fisk. McKissock was born in Montgomery, New York on April 17, 1790. [...]

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Eli Hasbrouck Part II

The following year, Eli appeared in various publications directly related to his cultivation of grapes. He grew what he called the Anna Grape in his garden. It was prized as a variety because it was free from rot. Eli was drawn to the grape because of it color. A.J. Downing thought highly of it. It was said about [...]

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Eli Hasbrouck Part I

When people visit Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New York  they are also visiting a Hasbrouck house. This home and farm, from the 18th century to the mid -19th century, belonged to the Hasbrouck Family until New York State acquired it. The home would become the first historic site of it kind in 1850. Some of what we know about [...]

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The judge peered down at the defendant, cleared his throat, and said, “the jury has found you guilty of bigamy. Have you anything to say before I pass sentence upon you?” “Yes sir!” Responded the defendant. “Well, judge, I’ll leave it to you if havin’ two wives ain’t punishment enough.” In the early 1900s readers [...]

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2016 Annual Candlelight Tour

This year’s Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, is getting ready for its big day this coming December, with interesting and historic houses on board for viewing by the public. As usual, the tour will commence with the beautiful historic headquarters of the Historical Society, the Captain David [...]

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The Colden Mansion approaches its 250th Anniversary*

Next year marks the 250th anniversary of a Montgomery landmark. The Colden mansion, along with its surrounding land, was originally the home of Cadwallader Colden, Jr., his wife Elizabeth Ellison, and their large family. The stone structure, remnants of which are still visible on Route 17K, dates to 1767. A stone from the house, which [...]

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Newburgh, a Presidential City

Newburgh, during its long history, has been the destination for the rich, famous and powerful. This has included future U.S. Presidents as well as past presidents. Some of these visitors have included George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, and most recently Bill Clinton. Although [...]

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Harvard’s Hutchins Center historian and Newburgh native puts a ‘premium on empathy’


  During a recent visit to the Captain David Crawford House, headquarters of the Newburgh Historical Society, Dr. Kevin M. Burke became another of many natives to admire the award-winning exhibit, “Growing Up in Newburgh.” Beside the fact that the exhibit would not have been possible without community members contributing dozens of images, there were [...]

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Did George Washington Eat Beaver Tail in Newburgh?

It has been over two centuries since George Washington rode into Newburgh, New York to take up his headquarters in the Hasbrouck house. “Situated at the southern end of King’s Street,” he used the Hasbrouck house as his military headquarters from 1782-1783. While headquartered in Newburgh, Washington used the room of seven doors and one [...]

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A Mystery Solved: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part III

Judge Robert Yates penned a letter dated January 13, 1781, to Governor George Clinton. It included the sworn examinations of John Stillwell, and John Simpson. He alerted the Governor that Cornelius Hasbrouck had been tried and convicted in the theft of Continental Army Cattle. Governor Clinton no doubt was also made aware of the examinations [...]

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    AJ Schenkman

    A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian. Read Full

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    Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher in the Hudson Valley and is the historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County. She has authored and contributed to several books on regional history, including her most recent publication, Murder and ... Read Full

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    A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ... Read Full

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    Matthew Colon enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Read Full

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