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Afternoon at The Newburgh Brewing Company

August 19, 2018, 1 -4 PM
Watch a slideshow about Newburgh on the big screen while tasting the variety of Newburgh craft beers in this repurposed 19th century factory overlooking the Hudson. All tips benefit the Historical Society.

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Explore the Nicoll Farm

September 1, 2018, 2-4 PM
Tour the restored house, barns and grounds of a family who settled 18th century New Windsor on a beautiful old farm still intact along the Moodna Creek – A Hudson Valley Ramble Weekend event.


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Hudson River Cruises – The Last Century’s Mini-Vacations

By Mary McTamaney Labor Day weekend just marked the end of summer vacation for most people. Soon school and work will consume everyone’s days. A few lucky families may plan winter holiday breaks to Florida or out into the warmer ocean currents on cruises into the Caribbean and beyond.

The Once-Crowded Waterfront

By Mary McTamaney Last week, I sighed as I backed into an easy curbside parking place and walked to the Downing Film Center on Front Street to watch the simulcast performance of a great American play, A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller. Seeking a parking place near the Newburgh waterfront will soon be … Continue reading The Once-Crowded Waterfront

Back Out On The River

By Mary McTamaney For all those who reminisce about Newburgh’s past: the bustle of its downtown neighborhoods, the friendliness of passersby, the variety of things to do, the beauty of looking out on the river and the joy of riding out on the water, know that all that is back. In this 300th birthday year, … Continue reading Back Out On The River

Preservation group leads walking tour of Algonquin Park

As an industrial complex for the manufacture of black powder throughout most of the nineteenth century, Orange Mills in Newburgh was designed to withstand destruction by accidental explosion. Workers in the wooded acres along Powder Mill Road carefully combined volatile ingredients that were refined into gunpowder which they packed and shipped around the country. Machinery, … Continue reading Preservation group leads walking tour of Algonquin Park

The Red Cross tradition

By Mary McTamaney March is Red Cross Month and has been by presidential proclamation since 1943. President Franklin Roosevelt first dedicated March to “the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross” during the height of World War II to bring more support to the organization’s war effort. It was fitting for us that a … Continue reading The Red Cross tradition

Where was this Newburgh parade?

By Mary McTamaney This past weekend, Newburgh’s streets were active with people enjoying the delights of the start of “summer.” From Downing Park to the River Art Walk, we got out into the sunshine to celebrate our cultural treasures of art, architecture and landscape. The annual Memorial Day Parade marched from the west end to … Continue reading Where was this Newburgh parade?

Newburgh unity In our grandparents’ days

History classes taught us that the First World War consumed soldiers like a fire-breathing dragon striding across Europe. The trench-style warfare, the use of poison gas and machine guns, the extreme weather conditions and lack of sanitation and re-supply, caused men to die in numbers not known since the Civil War. That comparison may be the key to local involvement in that early 20th century war.