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The new book Paths to the Past: History Hikes through the Hudson River Valley, Catskills, Berkshires, Taconics, Saratoga & Capital Region (Black Dome Press, 2021) by Russell Dunn & Barbara Delaney, with foreword by Mark King, Executive Director, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, looks at thirty-one guided hikes and walks that explore the rich variety of landscapes in eastern upstate New York that offer still-visible evidence of the area’s history from prehistoric Native American settlements to abandoned 20th-century industries.
The book allows you to walk in the footsteps of those whose lives had a profound impact on history — like John Burroughs, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sir William Johnson, and General John Burgoyne — and many others who led quieter lives but also left a legacy.
Featuring nearly 150 full-color photographs and maps, Paths to the Past features sites such as where a British Army surrendered and ended one of the pivotal battles of the American Revolution; an abandoned bluestone quarry where hikers have created “Catskill furniture;” Colonial homesteads and estates; remnants of “Clinton’s Ditch” — the original Erie Canal; “Gilded Age” great estates and presidential retreats; crumbling icehouse ruins and geological marvels; magnificent waterfalls, ice caves, four-state views, and more.
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