A Freight Forwarder’s Taste of History

October 11, 2015
1 PM – 4 PM

During the early years of the nineteenth century, the Hudson Valley was the “breadbasket of the United States,” which was one historian’s way of describing the rise of commercial agriculture. A high demand for American foodstuffs by Europe led thousands of farmers to migrate to New York, taking advantage of the fertile land west of the Hudson River and a close proximity to the markets of New York City.

Join us as we explore Newburgh’s mercantile history, participating in the Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations’ “Taste of History” this Columbus Day Weekend.

Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., tour through the historic 1830 Captain David Crawford House. David Crawford returned from the War of 1812 and built up a business moving local goods along the Hudson River. What did his ships carry into the New York City markets? Come sample locally harvested food before it makes its way below deck.

At 2 p.m., author J. Stephen Casscles will deliver a talk about his book, “Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada.”

Following the talk will be a book signing and wine tasting made from locally developed heirloom grapes.

Scroll below for more information and directions↓

Admission: $5 per person; Members are Free

 


Speaker

J. Stephen CassclesJ. Stephen Casscles is a long time grower and winemaker in Orange and Sullivan Counties and author of “Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of teh United States and Canada.” He comes from a long line of Mid-Hudson Valley fruit growers since the 1870s. He has operated his own vineyard in Middle Hope since 1976 and in Athens since 1989. There he grows over 30 different varieties of French-American hybrids and is now concentrating on growing and examining grape varieties developed from the 1840s to 1890s by Newburgh based hybridizers.
 
 
 

Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada

Grapes_of the HudsonValley_RGB_72dpiA new book on cool climate grape varieties. The book is a field reference guide for growers, winemakers, and consumers, and covers more than 175 cool climate grape varieties that can be grown in New York State and other cool climate regions.

The book outlines the genetic make-up of cold-hardy varieties, their attributes in the field, cellar, and glass. The grapes are organized by the hybridizer who developed them, and includes biographical information and photos of French hybridizers such as Seibel, Baco, Seyve, Kuhlmann, Burdin, and Vidal; those who lived in the Hudson Valley between 1840 and 1890, such as Andrew Jackson Caywood and Stephen Underhill; and grapes developed through breeding programs at Cornell University and the University of Minnesota. It also covers vinifera grapes suitable for growing in cool-climate regions.

It also includes a section on the history of grape growing and wine making in the Hudson Valley, maps, charts, and icons. The book is available at www.FlintMinePress.com.


 


Directions

Use this address for the GPS: 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and take the ramp to go east on the Interstate 84. Take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco Station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.

From points East, take Interstate 84 west to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W (the Alexis Diner is on the left). Make a right on to 9W, and get into the left lane in front of the Sunoco gas station. Make a left on to North Plank Road. Follow the street down the hill, through two traffic lights, and make a right on to Montgomery Street. The Crawford House will be on the right, located at 189 Montgomery Street.