Local History

Below is an assortment of stories relating to the history of Newburgh and the surrounding area. We are grateful to all our contributors, especially City of Newburgh Historian Mary McTamaney.

Before We Had Forklifts

By Mary McTamaney. I often approach the Newburgh waterfront from the foot of Washington Street. Although the road is uneven and treacherous with old rail segments poking out of the ground, it is less hectic than driving among through the crowded cars along Front Street. Plus, one can’t resist a quick turn around in the boat […]

Statue of “Mad” Anthony Wayne

By Mary McTamaney Newburgh is a monumental city. In 2016, the Society’s opening day festivities included a slide presentation entitled “Monumental Newburgh.” A panel led by Tom Knieser showcased the many beautiful sculptures and memorials installed in the city. There is a story behind the motivation and creation of each public monument. General Anthony Wayne One […]

Life of Captain David Crawford

By Mary McTamaney. In October 1825, big crowds gathered along Newburgh’s shore to witness something that would change our community forever. A flotilla of sailing boats and steamboats paraded past our shores toward New York City’s harbor, after having started out in Buffalo along the new Erie Canal. The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel […]

Rev. John Sayre

Newburgh’s Loyalist Community

By Kieran O’Keefe. When Newburgh is discussed in the context of the American Revolutionary War, it usually concerns its role as General George Washington’s military headquarters or the threatened uprising of Continental Army Officers in 1783, known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. However, Newburgh also had a sizable Loyalist community, which is the focus of my […]