Category Archives: Town of Shawangunk

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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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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The Galeville School

Recently, I received the following image of the former one-room Galeville School in the town of Shawangunk from reader Kim Kosteczko of Wallkill, which prompted a closer look into the history of this little building. Standing near the present-day intersection of Albany Post Road and Long Road, the school was constructed in the early 1800s [...]

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Ulster County Schoolhouses: A Look Back, Part III

A few more historic images of Ulster County schools in celebration of the first week of school. (All images from author’s collection unless otherwise noted.)

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A Shawangunk Legend

In his 1887 book, Legends of the Shawangunk and Its Environs, author Philip H. Smith describes all manner of dangers to be found in the Shawangunk Mountains, with everything from panthers to ghosts making an appearance. Though the stories contain some factual elements, in a 1965 forward to the re-released book, Carl Cramer summed up [...]

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The Commercial House in Wallkill

The Wallkill Central School District’s offices are located on Main Street in the Hamlet of Wallkill, which is part of the Town of Shawangunk in Ulster County. A large, all white stone structure, the building has housed many businesses over the years ranging from a hardware store to a bank- an intact safe is all [...]

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A Forgotten Borden: Penelope Borden

So much has been written about the philanthropy of John G. Borden of condensed milk fame http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2013/10/09/everyone-knows-elsie-a-short-history-of-the-borden-company/#more-8121 and also his daughter Marion Borden. http://abouttown.us/index.php/all-abouttown-articles/local-history/1183-Marion-The-Last-Wallkill-Borden . These two individuals gave large portions of their fortunes to the betterment of society and those less fortunate. No better example can be seen then in the Hamlet of Wallkill [...]

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The Shawangunk Dutch Reformed Church

The Shawangunk Dutch Reformed Church has to be one of the most recognized and sketched structures in Ulster County. It is located on Hoagerburgh Road in the Town of Shawangunk, and boasts being one of the oldest Dutch Reformed Churches still in use in the county. It holds a special place for me because of [...]

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Marion Borden Part I

      Today, many people are not familiar with the name Marion Borden. If they do know the name, more often than not they attribute it to an author and not to Borden Condensed Milk. Marion’s grandfather, Gail Borden, invented condensed milk and started the Borden Milk empire. When Gail died, his son John [...]

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