Matthew White, proprietor of the Hillsdale General Store and HGS Home Kitchen in Hillsdale, NY headlines the Friends of Taconic State Park’s 15th Annual Meeting and BBQ Supper on Saturday, July 29nd beginning at 6 pm at the Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area, 35 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, in Columbia County, NY.
At the Friends’ annual meeting, White will talk about “New Life for Old Places – Building Community Through Preservation.” White is renowned locally for his singular success in bringing new life to Hillsdale, NY’s commercial district using historic preservation to save old buildings in the downtown area.
Interior designer and author, Matthew White was selected as one of the “AD 100” (Architectural Digest’s list of the 100 best designers in the world). Today however, a better description might be preservationist and general store proprietor. White has had a lifelong passion for historic buildings and has restored many, both for clients and for himself.
In Hillsdale, NY he served on the Hamlet Committee and the Hillsdale Historic committee which made possible for the hamlet of Hillsdale to be designated a National Historic District. He has since restored two buildings in the hamlet center and rebuilt another not viable for restoration, replicating precisely what existed before.
Matthew White served on the Save Venice Inc. board for twenty-one years, five of which he was Chairman. Save Venice is an American non-profit that restores art and architecture of historic and artistic merit in Venice, Italy.
Tickets for the event, including a barbecue supper are $35 and available until sold out at Eventbrite.com. All are welcome.
Friends of Taconic State Park was established in 2008 to support cultural, recreational and educational activities within the park with the preservation of the Copake Iron Works National Heritage Area Site its priority. The group is implementing a 20-year plan to create a pre-eminent site of historic iron-making and a national destination for tourists in Copake Falls. Most recently, the group completed the construction of the Pomeroy Family Railraod which replicates that narrow-gauge railroad that circumnavigated the Copake Iron Works in its operating heyday.
The Copake Iron Works Visitor Center features a video documentary chronicling the history of the site and an extensively interpreted trail from the Copake Iron Works to the Bash Bish Falls, for which trail maps are available.
For more information call (518) 966-2730. To learn more about Friends of Taconic State Park, visit www.FriendsofTSP.org.