Category Archives: Sullivan County

The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part II

Monday morning, August 13, reinforcements finally arrived from Marbletown and Rochester. Cantine’s exhausted soldiers were bolstered by some 200 hundred fresh troops and still more came from New Paltz. According to Ralph Lefevre, their force numbered some 400 soliders. A forced march came within striking distance of the fleeing raiders, but they eluded the soldiers. Governor Clinton [...]

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The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part I

I like a good story and one of my favorites is the ghost story involving Sam Kettle. The first time I heard this story was while on stand-by in the Kerhonkson fire house where I was a firefighter for many years. Many people living in Ulster County do not realize that during the American War for Independence [...]

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A Roadside Murder

“How long will peaceable people consent to being shot down, clubbed, or choked to death is a question not much longer to remain unanswered.” The New Paltz Independent of March 1873, continued, “if the present plan of uncertain and dilatory punishment is continued, quick death will overtake the murderer by summary process.” This was an [...]

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Caught in a Bar with a Stolen Horse

Accord, New York is a hamlet located in southwestern Ulster County. At one time, it was a stop on the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal known as Port Jackson. When the D&H Canal ceased operating, trains took its place. It is because it was such a hub of activity that hotels began to open. There [...]

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Great Newspaper Resource at the Library of Congress

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email Over the last few years there has been a proliferation of newspaper databases that are fee based. I’m always on the lookout for free databases. I have covered Hudson River Valley Heritage as a resource, and most people by now are aware of Fulton History’s extensive database. [...]

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A Note to Our Readers

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email As the year comes to a close, History & Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for another good year! We have seen the interest in this site continue to grow. We look ahead to 2016 with more coverage of local history events, [...]

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The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America

A funny thing happened on the way to filming a documentary on the Borscht Belt: it became the most comprehensive book in decades on the Catskills – all five counties of the Catskills, from Henry Hudson to Henny Youngman to high volume hydraulic fracturing – with personally sweet and bittersweet sidebars. Alfred A. Knopf recently [...]

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The Future of History: Roles, Resources and Relating Our Stories

November is New York State History Month and The Delaware Company is observing it with a first-ever forum for members of the Sullivan County history community – and beyond. Titled “The Future of History: Roles, Resources and Relating Our Stories,” the gathering will be held from 10:00 to 4:30 on November 14 at SUNY-Sullivan in [...]

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Great Resource Part III: The New York State Historic Newspaper Project

Recently there has been a lot of attention focused on the Old Huguenot Burying Ground located on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. This burying ground is one of the oldest in Ulster County. It has intact graves dating back to the early 18thcentury. The burying ground was “closed” in in the 1860s. Since then [...]

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Great Educational Resources: HRVH

As the school year approaches, history teachers are emailing me, as well as asking me, for new resources to use in their classrooms.. This is because the use of primary sources is now more important than ever to their work. Many history teachers also want to make that local history connection with their students, who sometimes, are [...]

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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

    Elizabeth Werlau

    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

    Debra Conway

    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

    Matthew Colon

    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

    Shannon Butler

    Shannon Butler is a Park Ranger of Interpretation and Education at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. She has also interpreted the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston New York. Read Full
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