July 7, 2018, 7:30-10:30 PM
Enjoy a special evening with friends aboard the Pride of the Hudson as it travels to West Point to see their massive concert fireworks show over Trophy Point. Learn some history of Newburgh and the Hudson Highlands on the voyage.
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.
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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NEWS & HISTORY
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
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
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?
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.