Historic Nicoll House Available for Tours on Labor Day Weekend

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 settlement in New Windsor, and which has been carefully maintained over the years by a succession of conscientious homeowners who have appreciated the historic significance of the home. Continue reading

Historical Society afternoon fundraiser Beer, Band & Bounty

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. Continue reading

Preservation group leads walking tour of Algonquin Park

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

Historical Society hosts two part lecture on the Great War

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

History Talk on Renaissance Man Albert J. Myer

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.”
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