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, powered by the Quassaick Creek that winds through the property, was carefully operated from a slight distance. Wood and copper tools were used to avoid unwanted sparks, and stone structures were built with thick walls intended to redirect explosive forces. Accidents were unavoidable and the mill survived twenty explosions over the course of its operation. Many of those explosions were heard and felt miles away. Now, over a century since it closed, Orange Mills is being reclaimed by nature. Continue reading
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 to keep their family and friends as safe as possible. Today, it is hard to imagine the many ways a full-blown world war consumed community energy and fueled patriotic passion.
The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands shares the story of Newburgh in the World War in two consecutive programs. Continue reading
Long before the information age brought entertainment on demand, people found their amusement at neighbors’ homes. Guests took part in dramatic readings of prose and poetry, and sang together accompanied by small parlor instruments. Continue reading
The board of directors of the Historical Society is happy to welcome our newest board member, David Fekishazy. Born in the Roseton area of the town of Newburgh, Mr Fekashazy had an adventurous career in the merchant marines, the naval reserve, and international shipping, which took him all over the world.
Albert Myer was an inventor, a reinventor, a medical doctor, and a US Army general during the Civil War. He was the sole survivor of six children; so, it may seem that destiny played a part in his productive life. The Historical Society, together with Orange County Community College, arranged for historian Bob Gilbert to bring his presentation about the ingenious Newburgh-born General Myer to SUNY Newburgh’s Kaplan Hall on April 11, 2016. The lecture was entitled “Renaissance Man: General Albert Myer, Founder of the International Weather Service and the U.S. Signal Corps.”
On April 3rd, 2016, the Newburgh Historical Society welcomed members and guests for a slide presentation and panel discussion entitled “Monumental Newburgh.” Led by Society member Tom Knieser, the slideshow and panel presentations showcased the many public sculptures and memorials installed in the city. Continue reading
NEWBURGH, NY – Visitors to Newburgh’s Historic District are awed by its architecture and its views of the Hudson River. For over thirty years, supporters from all over have joined the Newburgh Historical Society in celebrating a treasured architectural history during the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. Continue reading
NEWBURGH, NY – The month of October marks the 200th year since the birth of Andrew Jackson Downing, whose writings and life’s work has had a great impact on the landscape of the Hudson Valley. The Newburgh Historical Society is wrapping up a season motivated by the accomplishments of this Newburgh native during their annual meeting. Continue reading
NEWBURGH, NY – The Greater Hudson Heritage Network has announced the Newburgh Historical Society as the recipient of two Awards for Excellence in recognition of the community collaboration and documentation for the exhibit, “Growing Up in Newburgh,” and the partnership with St. George’s Episcopal Church for their 2015 co-sponsored events. Continue reading
NEWBURGH, NY – 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