Walking Tour of Algonquin Park

June 16, 2018
2-4 PM

Join members of the Historical Society, Town of Newburgh Historian Joe Santacroce, and Preserve Algonquin Park as we walk through the Algonquin Park, once an active black powder mill complex, now a 40-plus acre recreational park. The park was a gift of Frederick Delano to the City of Newburgh. When the city eliminated its parks department during budget cuts, it turned the acreage over to the county.

Follow guides on a mild hike to uncover the stories behind the historic structures and waterways. Tour will start from the parking lot off Powder Mill Road.

Sign up

There is a community of park supporters who wish to share the history of this county park. Please use the following form to make a reservation. Directions and additional information will be distributed by email. If your prefer to reach someone by phone, please call (845) 561-2585.

Admission: Suggested donation

RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The tour is at capacity. Thank you to all those who are participating on Saturday.

Members please contact members.historicalsocietynb@gmail.com.

Tour Guides

Joe Santacroce, a Newburgh native, spent more than 35 years in the Financial Services and Retail Software Industries including various technical positions while developing a love for Genealogy and History. Combined with a love of photography and video production completed two full length feature documentaries including "The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909" which aired on PBS in 2015 and "The Mansion on the Hill" on the History of Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh. Grew up near Algonquin Park and was recently appointed Town of Newburgh Historian.


Ray Kelly is retired after thirty-three years with NYS Department of Transportation and Route 52 that runs along the south side of Algonquin Park was a road he had worked on many times and has researched and presented on the Newburgh to Walden Trolley System that ran alongside the Park. While working near the park Ray noticed the ruins of the gunpowder mill and sometimes while on break, he took the time walking around the foundations and other remnants. Ray is also the Recording Secretary for the Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society in Middletown, New York.

Stephanie Lore is a native of Newburgh and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, class of 1974. She grew up on Algonquin Drive in the Town of Newburgh. When Stephanie retired from her career as an insurance agent, she returned to the area from Houston, Texas. Stephanie is very involved in the efforts to encourage the preservation of Algonquin Park.

Directions

From the NY State Thruway: Exit 17 (Newburgh) to Route 300 North (Newburgh Mall). Right onto Meadow Hill Road to Route 52 intersection. Directly across Route 52, Meadow Hill becomes Powder Mill Road. Algonquin Park pond is on the corner of Route 52 and Powder Mill Road. Continue on Powder Mill Road. The entrance to Algonquin Park is on the Right. The entrance to Cronomer Hill baseball field is on the left. To enter the softball/soccer and tennis courts, continue on Powder Mill Road to Gardenertown Road. Make left onto Gardenertown Road. Entrance is on the left with parking on the right.

From Route 84: Exit 8 to Route 52 North to Powder Mill Road. Algonquin Park pond is on the corner of Route 52 and Powder Mill Road. Continue on Powder Mill Road. The entrance to Algonquin Park is on the Right. The entrance to Cronomer Hill baseball field is on the left. Entrance to softball/soccer and tennis courts, continue on Powder Mill Road to Gardenertown Road. Make left onto Gardenertown Road. Entrance is on the left with parking on the right.