Category Archives: Town of Plattekill

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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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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Callahan’s Final Jump

Feeling invincible after successfully leaping from the Brooklyn in the summer of 1895, Patrick Callahan, the self-proclaimed “King of Bridge-jumping,” set his sights on an even riskier prize – the newly constructed Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Callahan, an Irish immigrant living in New York City, was a twenty-seven-year-old bartender who had found that he could earn [...]

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Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County

On Saturday, April 16th, at 2 p.m., the Plattekill Historical Society will introduce Ismael “Ish” Martinez Jr., the author of the newest Arcadia book “Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County,” which will be released the end of July 2016.  This program will be held at the society’s headquarters, 127 Church Street (off Route 32) [...]

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Opportunity for Escape

Owing to lax security and an aging facility, a number of escapes were attempted by inmates in the Ulster County Jail during its early history. (See “Breaking the Law,” by AJ Schenkman, http://blogs.hudsonvalley.com/hudson-valley-history/2015/10/21/breaking-the-law/) A few efforts were so successful that they could have cleared the jail of its entire population, if not for the intervention [...]

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Old Maps: Rossville, Savill and Savilton

Old maps have many stories to tell, and help to provide clues to the life in hamlets and neighborhoods that have been lost to time. Maps such as those in the 1875 F.W. Beers & Co. Atlas, for example, show the location of stores, churches, schools and residences in areas that today are unrecognizable as having [...]

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Plattekill’s Mysterious Stone Site

Hidden within the woods in the town of Plattekill is a mysterious stone structure that has defied definition for centuries. Often referred to as “the Ancient Indian Dam,” the purpose of the slowly sinking length of stacked stone has never clearly been determined, though later explorers of the site have come to believe that the [...]

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Ulster County Schoolhouses: A Look Back, Part II

More images of Ulster County schools to celebrate the start of a new school year. (All images from author’s collection unless otherwise noted.)

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Ulster County Schoolhouses: A Look Back, Part I

To welcome the start of a new school year, I’ll be posting historic images of various Ulster County schools here throughout the week. Enjoy! (All images from author’s collection unless otherwise noted.)

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Ulster County Sheriff Edgar T. Shultis and Big Bad Bill

I spend a lot of time writing about the wicked of Ulster County and the crimes they committed. Every so often I like to profile those individuals that were charged with the task of bringing the wicked to justice. One of those individuals was Ulster County Sheriff Shultis. Edgar Theodore Shultis was Sheriff of Ulster County [...]

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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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