The Columbia County Historical Society has launched two more road trips in its ongoing “Drive Through History” series — a program that puts people in the driver’s seat of local history learning.
“Artifacts of Industry” visits abandoned factories, mill ruins, and other sites that played an instrumental role in the evolution of Columbia County. Stops include the former Burden mining camp in Linlithgo; reclaimed mills in Hudson; the ruins of an ice house in Nutten Hook; and the site of the County’s first fur trading station.
“Patriots & Patroons: Politics in Columbia County” is a tour of important places, people, and events that shaped Columbia County’s political character over 300 years. Featured stories include the Anti-Rent Wars; Robert R. Livingston, who drafted the Declaration of Independence and signed the Louisiana Purchase; and a look at the political careers of three Columbia County natives: Martin Van Buren, Martin H. Glynn, and Samuel J. Tilden.
These new road trips follow the initial itineraries launched by CCHS in early August: ‘Legends & Folklore’ and ‘Sacred Spaces.’ More itineraries will be released throughout the summer and fall, exploring topics such as one-room schoolhouses and the history of apple growing in Columbia County. Each drive has been designed as a day trip, however visitors may explore at their own pace.
The itineraries are free to download on the Historical Society’s website.
For further information, contact Carrie Rodgers at Communications@cchsny.org.
Photo of Hudson River Ore & Iron machine shop at Burden provided.