Category Archives: Ulster County

The Tory William Caldwell

The name William Caldwell first caught my attention while researching the August 12, 1781, raid in Wawarsing. His name was mentioned again in Governor George Clinton’s public papers. It was also in connection to the August raid which, it was believed, was lead by Caldwell who was then a Captain.  During this raid he led other Tories [...]

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The Grange

Did you ever wonder when and why the organization for GRANGES was started and what drew so many people to join them? The Grange was founded as an agricultural organization in 1873, at a time when agriculture was the primary occupation of rural citizens. Agriculture is still important to the Grange and its members know [...]

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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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Show and Tell!

The first Plattekill Historical Society meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join us at the Modena Memorial United Methodist Church’s Hasbrouck Hall for a “Show and Tell.” Bring an item of historical interest to share with the group and learn more about [...]

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Show us your Antiques

The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society (TOLHPS)  starts the New Year in its traditional manner – with its popular annual Antiques Show Us Your Antiques Night on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Vineyard Commons Theater in Highland.  Anyone with a favorite item they would like to know more about is [...]

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THE GUNKS: RIDGE AND VALLEY TOWNS THROUGH TIMe LECTURE

The Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) are renowned for stunning landscapes on and off the ridge in a region that has remained a favorite destination for visitors since the middle of the 19th century. A highlight of the book are nearly a hundred pairs of photographs taken approximately a century apart.   In addition to presenting information [...]

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The Curious Case of Pvt. David L. Wells

There is an interesting headstone in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. on Route 209. If you are not looking for it, you will definitely miss it. It is unassuming, and partially overshadowed by the gas station next door. A closer look  reveals a remarkable story and the Civil War solider who lived it. His name was [...]

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Bigamy

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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    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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