News and Event Updates from the Office of the Orange County Historian

Upcoming Talk:
Establishing a Historic Preservation Commission
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 10 - 11:30 AM

The Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations group is pleased to welcome Thomas G. Olsen, chair of the Historic Preservation Commission in the Village of New Paltz, to share his expertise and experiences. His presentation will include topics such as: How the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) of the Village of New Paltz came to be, the duties of the HPC and ordinances that govern their work, and working with your Town Officials and community to establish an HPC. Town Officials are welcome.

The program is free and will take place at the Office of the Orange County Historian, 1841 Courthouse, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Please RSVP to Roy @ 845-235-2739

Book chronicles history of dairy farms in OC
GOSHEN - A retired teacher who grew up on a dairy farm has written a book about the history of the industry in Orange County.

The author, James Baird, said he wanted "to help document what the dairy business has meant to the county before it disappears."

The 157-page softcover, "Orange County, N.Y., Dairy Farms Past and Present," was published by Royal Fireworks Press in Unionville in October and is being sold for $35 at Linda's Office Supply in Goshen and a half-dozen other retail outlets.

Baird, a former science teacher in the Goshen School District, grew up on a 435-acre dairy farm known as Bairdlea Farm in Sugar Loaf. His father and uncle, who succeeded his grandfather in the business, sold the farm in 1972 when they reached retirement age.
The Town of Chester purchased a chunk of the land from a prospective developer about 10 years ago to preserve as open space.

The book is Baird's second; his first was a genealogy that traced his family back some 250 years. He is now at work on a third about the county's abandoned dairy barns.

Read More on The Times Herald Record website

Historic Bloomer-Dailey house had Balmville Tree as neighbor
On the west side of Balmville Road in the Newburgh hamlet of Balmville is a mid-18th-century structure known as the Bloomer-Dailey house.

It sits just west of where the Balmville Tree, a cottonwood that, through scientific studies, was dated to 1699, once stood; It was cut down in 2015 due to severe deterioration and potential danger to passing traffic.

The story of the Balmville community and house began in 1684 when British Royal Navy Capt. John Evans received a land grant in the area from Col. Benjamin Fletcher, then governor of the providence. The grant was later annulled by the Earl of Bellotroni during his administration.

Travel to Manhattan on posh steamboat Mary Powell was luxurious experience for passengers
The Mary Powell steamboat  was built in 1861 at Allison's Shipyard in Jersey City, New Jersey for a reported $80,000. Docked along Rondout Creek in the Village of Rondout (later to become part of the City of Kingston), it was the most luxurious and fastest vessel on the Hudson River for 55 years, making daily trips to and from Manhattan for a modest fee.

"Traveling on the Mary Powell was a pleasure trip and people got dressed up for it," said Allynne Lange, curator of the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston. "It had posh furnishings, a restaurant and in summer you experienced cool breezes and outstanding views."

Port Jervis students part of national Holocaust history event
The effort is organized by the USC Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994 to videotape and preserve interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The foundation is sponsoring the Port Jervis students' trip to a Nanuet theater.
"It's a real-life learning experience for them," said Andrew Marotta, principal of the high school.
"They can talk about the Holocaust in the classroom, but when they're part of a national event ... it brings a lot of people together. This film and this experience is going to bring the Holocaust to the forefront of their mind. I think they'll take their studies more seriously."

According to the Shoah Foundation, Spielberg hopes students come away with two key lessons after watching the film: the importance of learning history to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and the power of standing up for one another against injustice.

Mad Anthony Wayne's Bones
General Anthony Wayne was one of the great American heroes of the Revolution. Famed for his aggressive style of fighting, he came to be called "Mad" Anthony. In what probably is the most famous incident of his career, he stormed and overran the British fortifications at Stony Point, New York, personally leading a bayonets-only attack. After the Revolution ended he served his country again during the Northwest Indian War. This conflict pitted the newly independent United States against a confederacy of western Indian tribes determined to defend their homelands. American forces suffered a long series of defeats until General Wayne took command. In 1794 at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, he defeated the confederacy and in 1795 negotiated the Treaty of Greenville in which the Indians ceded most of what is now Ohio to the United States.

Mad Anthony Wayne didn't have long to enjoy his victory. He died in 1796 while traveling back east from the scene of his recent military and diplomatic triumphs. He was buried near Erie, Pennsylvania, a long way from his home in the southeastern part of the state. Some years later his family decided to bring his remains back to Radnor, Pennsylvania, for reburial, a decision that was to have some dramatic and unforeseen consequences.

Read More on Jamestown Settlement website

Pastor Seeks To Demolish AME Zion Church
The historical A.M.E Zion Church of Newburgh on Broadway has proposed to be demolished and replaced with a new building and affordable housing. In a meeting on November 13 Pastor Milton Stubbs stood before the Architectural Review Commission to apply for the demolition of the building in light of economic hardship.

According to a letter presented to the ARC on September 18, the congregation cannot afford to repair the building, hoping to keep the facade of the building and the bell tower, while demolishing and rebuilding the rest.

According to New York State Architect John R. Coogan, upon his inspection he found the building is in need of renovations to the outside and interior finishes. And the heating system should be upgraded for more efficiency.

New historic marker installed on Main Street in Goshen.

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