Category Archives: Town of Rochester

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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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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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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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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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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An Unforgiving Land: The Trapps Mountain Hamlet

At first glance, the quiet, forested lands of the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park belie the presence of a once active community. However, traces of the Trapps mountain hamlet, a community located in the in the towns of Gardiner and Rochester in Ulster County that dates back to the late 1700s, still survive in [...]

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Attack on Wawarsing

Many people living in Ulster County do not realize that during the American War for Independence Western Ulster County was considered the frontier. It was not only vulnerable to attacks by Tories, but also by their Native American allies.  Nowhere is the reality of these attacks made more apparent than in the Public Papers of George [...]

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Elsie Schoonmaker, Saunderskill Farms, and Col. Jonathan Hasbrouck Part 2

The couple’s youngest child, who they named Jonathan , was born in 1722. When Jonathan was barely 2 years old, Joseph succumbed to an unknown illness. At the time of his death Joseph had accumulated substantial wealth and a flourishing farm. Included on this farm were “vast apple orchards, and peach orchards.” The family also [...]

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Elsie Schoonmaker, Saunderskill Farms, and Col. Jonathan Hasbrouck Part 1

Ulster County has a long, remarkable history. Unfortunately more times than not the focus of that history is men. Rarely are women the focus of histories written about this county. There have been more than a few women who stand out in the over three hundred years of history of the county. Some of these [...]

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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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    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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