The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced a new permanent outdoor exhibit featuring eight narrative panels set along the treeline of its rural properties on Roue 9-H: the c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse and the 1737 Luykas Van Alen House located at 2589 Route NY-9H in the Town of Kinderhook.
Located on CCHS’ two contiguous properties, the new exhibit is an accessible and educational “wayside” narrative panel installation, free of charge and open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
The prominent property at this location is an 18th century Dutch Colonial structure, the Luykas Van Alen House, a National Historic Landmark, comprising approximately 53 acres including the Van Alen family homestead.
Adjacent to the Dutch structure is the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, a circa 1850 one-room schoolhouse, named after author Washington Irving’s fictional, Dutch character, a schoolteacher.
Also on the grounds is the trailhead to the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail, the 1.7 mile foot trail to Van Buren’s home, Lindenwald.
Stories portrayed on the eight panels include:
· Native Inhabitants
· Early Dutch Settlers
· Colonial Dutch Architecture
· Black Locust Trees
· Washington Irving
· The Original Ichabod Crane
· One-Room Schoolhouses
· Eleanor Roosevelt at Ichabod Crane
For further information about CCHS, visit their website.