The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has released a new road trip in its ongoing Drive Through History series, which offers free, self-guided itineraries of Columbia County history.
Titled “Hidden Hamlets,” the new road trip explores the origins and historical highlights of Columbia County’s smaller communities.
Beginning in Cheviot in the town of Germantown, the “Hidden Hamlets” tour visits many settlements that were established as part of Livingston Manor, the 160,000-acre parcel that was granted to Robert Livingston in 1715 by the British Crown. Today, the former manor encompasses the towns of Livingston, Germantown, Clermont, Taghkanic, Gallatin, Copake and Ancram.
Other stops on the “Hidden Hamlets” tour include Viewmont, Blue Stores, Bingham’s Mills, Livingston, Glenco Mills, Snyderville, Boston Corner, Martindale, Hollowville and Buckleyville.
The new road trip joins the following lineup of Drive Through History tours:
- Dutch & Mohican Heritage Tour
- Lights, Camera, Road Trip!
- Legends & Folklore
- Sacred Spaces Part I and II
- Artifacts of Industry
- Patriots & Patroons: Politics in Columbia County
- Good Apples
- Schoolhouse Stories
First launched in summer of 2020, Drive Through History road trips highlight a wide range of historic and cultural themes and sites throughout Columbia County. CCHS now offers two ways to engage with these road trips: an interactive, map-based itinerary for viewing on mobile browsers or a PDF that may be downloaded and printed.
For further information contact Carrie Rodgers at Communications@cchsny.org or visit the Columbia County Historical Society website.
Photo of Historical marker at Buckleyville, a hamlet in the town of Ghent provided.