Category Archives: Town of Wawarsing

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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What are your Memories of the Kerhonkson Bridge ?

During my time living in Kerhonkson, this old bridge was replaced by a newer structure. Although the newer bridge symbolized hope for revitalization of the hamlet, there was a lot of history surrounding the old bridge. One of the more notable figures was the ghost of Sam Kettle. I am no longer a resident of [...]

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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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John B. Krom, Civil War Veteran

Captain John B. Krom rose early on the morning of April 7th, 1908. He exited the Hotel Belmont, in High Falls, which he had owned since the 1860s, making his way from the hotel he had once shared with his late wife Elizabeth, to the barn a short distance away. He had no way of knowing [...]

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A Civil War Grave in Kerhonkson

  Every morning on my way to get a cup of coffee I pass the Old Log Cabin restaurant on 44/55. One particular morning I noticed the early morning sun’s rays streaking through the trees. I admired this scene for a few minutes until my gaze shifted to the forest floor. Illuminated by the sun were three [...]

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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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The Ulster County Fair: A Look Back

In celebration of the Ulster County Fair, which runs through this Sunday, here are a few highlights from the fair’s lengthy history. The first Ulster County Fair was held in 1886 in Ellenville, thanks to the planning of the newly formed Southern Ulster Agricultural Society. The fair was held at the Ellenville Driving Park, the [...]

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