The recently-opened Shelter House Café in Newburgh’s Downing Park, brings together several strands of the city’s long and complex history. The brainchild and labor-of-love of restaurateur Stephen Sinnott, it builds on decades of effort by the non-profit Downing Park Preservation Committee to restore the historic park to its former prominence in the life of the city. [Read more…] about Newburgh’s Downing Park, A Short History
Starting Thursday October 4, 2018, the Frederick Douglass in Newburgh project will host “Frederick Douglass: Barbershop Conversations”, a reading and discussion series developed and sponsored by Humanities New York.
Hosted at Newburgh barbershops, the public is invited to come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts facilitated by Gabrielle Hill Burton of The Restorative Center. The conception of the “Frederick Douglass: Barbershop Conversations” is directly inspired by Douglass’ visit to Newburgh in 1870 and the legacy on voter rights and civic engagement. [Read more…] about Barbershop Conversations: Frederick Douglass in Newburgh
The Newburgh Brewing Company is set to host an afternoon fundraiser for the Newburgh Historical Society on Sunday August 19.
Historians and preservationists will be in attendance, and the 16-piece Swing Shift Orchestra will perform a full concert of big band music from the swing era by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, and more. [Read more…] about Historical Society Fundraiser at Newburgh Brewing
The coalition Preserve Algonquin Park, Town of Newburgh Historian Joe Santacroce, and the Newburgh Historical Society have partnered to share the history of Orange Mills in Newburgh, and the development of Algonquin Park that surrounds it with a walking tour through the scattered gunpowder ruins on June 16th at 2 pm. [Read more…] about Preservationists Leading Tour of Algonquin Park, Newburgh
Sometimes, I think there would be less interest in fiction, if we only knew more local history. Perhaps I have just been spoiled by the stories that keep bubbling up — as if emanating from the floorboards — in one 1868 house in Newburgh, New York.
Prior owners called it The Fullerton Mansion, although it’s somewhat undersized for a mansion and the original owner, the once-famous trial lawyer Judge Fullerton, is long forgotten. (The same goes for his composer son; see “Lost Newburgh Composer Willie Fullerton”, New York History Blog, June 20, 2017.)
Even less known are the Cathcarts, who owned the house from the first decade of the 20th Century until the depths of the Great Depression. [Read more…] about Newburgh: The Lazell-Cathcart Moment
The Newburgh Historical Society is holding their annual self-guided Candlelight Tour on Sunday, December 10, between noon and 5 pm.
The 1830 Captain David Crawford House, the Society’s headquarters located at 189 Montgomery Street, is the starting place for the Tour.
The house tour features a diverse assortment of public and private spaces within and beyond the City of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. These include city and suburban houses homes in the rehabilitation process and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks. [Read more…] about Newburgh Historical Society Candlelight Tour Planned
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site will host a Quill Pen Writing Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, at 2 pm each day.
This all-ages workshop uses original documents as a model to assist participants in creating their own 18th century style letter using a quill pen, just as General Washington’s aides-de-camp did while headquartered in Newburgh. [Read more…] about Washington Headquarters Quill Pen Writing Workshop
The Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands will host their second Tavern Talk, focusing on Cold War Intelligence, on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7 pm, at the Newburgh Brewing Company.
This year, Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point and former U.S. Intelligence professional, Dr. David Gioe, will speak on data breaches before the internet and the case of Oleg Penkovsky, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. [Read more…] about Cold War Intelligence on Tap at Newburgh Tavern Talk
Judge Fullerton’s brick, Italianate home has quietly presided over the northern end of Grand Street in Newburgh, New York, since 1868, but the once-famous trial lawyer has long since been forgotten. Visitors sometimes inquire about ghosts or secret passageways or buried caches of coins. I tell them all the same thing: the real treasure is in the history. In this respect, I have been richly rewarded.
Hidden away beneath the visible architecture was a cornucopia of stories. Some took place on the historical stage; others on theatrical stages; some were once known to the world at large, at a time when telegraph wires strung along railroad lines turned locally-printed newspapers into “mass media”; others are deeply personal, private stories of success, failure and loss.
But above all, I found Willie. [Read more…] about Lost Newburgh Composer Willie Fullerton
In 1850, after the State of New York took possession of the Hasbrouck House for back taxes. Eli Hasbrouck appeared in various publications directly related to his cultivation of grapes. He grew what he called the Anna Grape in his garden. It was prized as a variety because it was free from rot. Eli was drawn to the grape because of it color. A.J. Downing thought highly of it. It was said about the grape, “the raisins had the sweet rich flavor and aroma of those from the Muscat of Alexandria.”
Eli married again in 1855; the same year his brother Jonathan died. He married Margaret Van Wyck, of Fishkill, on February 13. The same time period he re-married, Eli was listed in the census as being worth $18,000. His occupation recorded as “gentleman.” Eli was in fact a merchant and farmer. Where Eli lived during this time was listed in business directories as 167 Liberty Street in Newburgh. In addition to his large family, his sister Mary also lived with the family until her death in 1856. [Read more…] about Eli Hasbrouck of Hasbrouck House (Part II)