WVLT 2019 Historic House Tour
By José Moreno-Lacalle
From Issue 42: Spring 2019
The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) is hosting its 9th annual Houses on the Land historic house tour, this year entitled Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land – Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns. The tour, on Saturday, June 1, will explore the early history of Rosendale and its surrounding hamlets, from early agrarian Dutch settlements, to prosperous industrial boom-towns in the 19th Century, to the recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community.
The day begins with registration and a tour of beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers are Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the D&H Canal Historical Society’s Museum, and Women’s Studio Workshop located in F.O. Norton Cement Company’s late 19th Century company store and post office.
Featured houses are among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th through 20th centuries. Highlighted are stone farm houses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth.
Tickets $50 / $45 members by May 30; $55 / $50 members thereafter. Ticket pick-up Day of Tour 10:30am–1:30pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1017 Keator Avenue, Rosendale. Admission includes the reception and wine tasting at a private homestead.
Visit: www.WallkillValleyLT.org or call 845-255-2761.