By Mary McTamaney, City Historian Spring is the time of year we all go outside to enjoy the ideal weather and the beauty of nature in full bloom. Over a century ago in1908, Newburghers were doing the same but their favorite destination for outdoor beauty, Downing Park, was off-limits to them from Dubois Street to … Continue reading The Downing Park Hospital
The delicate sounds of an antique Newburgh piano will drift through the 1830 Crawford mansion on Sunday, April 14 when the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands opens for the season. The Crawford House will open at 1 p.m. Visitors can view a new exhibit of art by The Four Pastellists, local painters … Continue reading Opening Day 2019: Music & the Four Pastellists
During their Annual Meeting this weekend, the Newburgh Historical Society kicks off a lecture series highlighting the hunt in historical research. The Historical Society receives many research inquiries throughout the year and although the organization is a logical first step, this two part series explores additional research methods and tools as they examine two popular themes this past year - home and water.
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, New Windsor
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. For Newburghers a generation ago, a … Continue reading Hudson River Cruises – The Last Century’s Mini-Vacations
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