Completed in 1820, the James Vanderpoel House was built for the prominent Columbia County lawyer James Vanderpoel and his family.
The structure is one of the outstanding examples of Federal-style architecture in the County. In 1924, the house was acquired by the Columbia County Historical Society (then called the Daughters of Columbia County Historical Society) and christened the “House of History.”
The Columbia County Historical Society has announced its 2020 First Columbians benefit: “Celebrating 200 Years of the James Vanderpoel House and Federal Style in Columbia County.”
First Columbians is the principal fundraiser for the Columbia County Historical Society. This year, the benefit will have a new format and added features for its guests. Rather than an in-person celebration, guests are invited to participate in an exclusive “Drive Through History” road trip of Federal-style structures at their own pace.
Additionally, guests will gain access to private curator tours of the James Vanderpoel House and a new exhibit: “Refinement, Symmetry & Grace: Federal Style in America.” The CCHS will also publish a two-volume set commemorating the bicentennial of the house.
Under the Historical Society’s stewardship, the James Vanderpoel House has undergone extensive restorations and is now home to multiple exhibitions in its galleries as well as a Book Store & Museum Shop.
More information can be found online.
Those wishing to participate in this year’s First Columbians “un-gala” to benefit the Columbia County Historical Society can sign up online.
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