October 21, 2018, 2-4 PM
Presentation of the Society's annual report and new information abut historic homes like the Crawford House. Guest speaker James Kelly will highlight special aspects of the Newburgh Historic District and will explain how to research your home.
October 24, 2018, 7-8:30 PM
New York City’s vast water supply system passes under Newburgh and is having a massive overhaul. Learn about the operation of the nation’s largest water supply system from its construction in the early 20th century to the current Delaware Aqueduct By-Pass being drilled under the Hudson from Newburgh to Wappinngers. Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs for the D.E.P. will present this illustrated talk.
December 9, 12-5 PM
The Newburgh Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour features a dozen decorated homes including a diverse assortment of public and private spaces – mansions, structures in the rehabilitation process, new construction, architectural gems, and some of Newburgh’s most important landmarks.
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NEWS & HISTORY
In our Mid-Hudson region, we are fortunate that some touchstones of actual 18th century life are still extant. Washington’s Headquarters in downtown Newburgh is one. Knox’s Headquarters and Edmonston House in Vails Gate are two more. The cast blue and gold state historic markers along our roads hint that we had many more sites that … Continue reading Back to Our Colonial Roots
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands has announced that the privately owned Nicoll House, perhaps the oldest house in New Windsor, will be available for tours on Saturday, September 1st. This will be a rare opportunity to visit this 1730’s farmhouse built along the Moodna Creek on the sight of the first … Continue reading Historic Nicoll House Available for Tours on Labor Day Weekend
Join the Newburgh Brewing Company for an afternoon fundraiser on Sunday August 19. Drink beer, wine, or soda and have some great food for a good cause. Historians and preservationists will be wandering around, admiring the splendid adaptive re-use of the old paper box factory building. The Brewery’s cheerful and experienced staff will serve you, but they are generously donating all tips collected between 1pm and 4pm to benefit the Historical Society.
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.
By Mary McTamaney One hundred eight years ago this week, ten thousand people gathered along the shore at Newburgh just where the modern boat launch meets the gates to the former Consolidated Iron Works scrap yard. That was the location of the great Marvel Shipyards where vessels of many types were designed and built in … Continue reading Proudly Launching A Newburgh Giant
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
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
Algonquin Park, previously known as Orange Mills, produced Black Powder from 1815 to 1901. The natural water supply provided power for the machinery needed to power the mills. The park provides a look back during this period of powder making and its role in the lives of the people of the community. Join a guided … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Algonquin Park walking tour reference photos
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
By Mary McTamaney Memorial Day remembrances this year take on deeper meaning as we mark a century since the end of “the war to end all wars.” World War I pulled most of the globe into fearful mobilization as men and women departed to foreign battlefields or devoted all their free time to support services … Continue reading Two Sides of a Century-Old Story