Category Archives: Town of Gardiner

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 Guilford Church in Gardiner, New York

Guilford was a hamlet that existed prior to the formation of Gardiner in 1853. It was named for the patent that had been granted to Graham and Delavel. Joseph Hasbrouck and his wife Elise Schoonmaker purchased 2,000 acres from James Graham and John Delavel in 1706. During this time if residents of Guilford wanted to [...]

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Why the name Gardiner?

Since being appointed Town of Gardiner Historian, I have been asked many questions about Gardiner History. The most common question is, why the name Gardiner? Perhaps the second most frequently asked question is, when did Gardiner come into existence? Since Robert DeNiro moved to Gardiner, there have been few questions asking me where Gardiner is located. [...]

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ANCESTRY RESEARCH WORKSHOP

The Gardiner Library will be holding a free Ancestry Research Workshop on Monday August 1 from 7 to 9 PM. Pre-registration is required by July 25th. Led by Town Historian A.J. Schenkman, the workshop is geared for people who want to learn more about their ancestors but are not sure where to begin. This workshop [...]

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History for Sale, Part II

During this time of his expanding family, Abraham Hasbrouck was becoming active in the political affairs of Kingston as well as Ulster County. Hasbrouck ran unsuccessfully for the General Assembly in 1737. However, a year after his marriage, he was elected to the General Assembly. A post he would hold from 1739-1752 and again from [...]

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History for Sale, Part I

It is not every day that a house so connected to Hudson Valley history goes up for sale. This is just the case with the Abraham Hasbrouck house located on Greene Street in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. Abraham Hasbrouck’s house was not only burned by the British in 1777, he is also [...]

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“The Wrong Man Got it!”

  It is “one of the ugliest weapons that has been used in a longtime in killing anyone in Ulster County!”This  is how journalists described the 18” butcher knife used to kill Gilbert Sanborn in September 1910. The “murderer,” John McGinley, would be set free nine months later. Many saw it as yet another crime associated [...]

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Apple Jack

Recently there has been renewed interest in, not only apple cider, but also hard cider. These beverages enjoy a long history in the American Colonies. This holds especially true in the apple growing region of the Hudson Valley. However, most people do not know about a drink nicknamed New Jersey Lightning, Hedge Hog Quills, or [...]

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Gardiner’s Desperado

During the summer of 1908, Monroe walked onto the Deyo farm at the corner of Route 44/55 and Route 208 in Ireland Corners, a hamlet in Gardiner, looking for work. He had worked for Abram Deyo before, and even recognized his brother Jonathan (who was a prominent lawyer). Because of his explosive temper, Monroe was [...]

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Wildmere and Cliff House

A couple of weeks ago I went for a relaxing walk around Lake Minnewaksa. It is a favorite destination for me. Half way around the lake I decided to sit on a rock and eat a sandwich that I had packed. While sitting there I remembered as a child coming up to Lake Minnewaska before [...]

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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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