New Board Members: Samantha Wiley and Reggie Young

The Historical Society welcomes two new board members who joined us recently. Both Samantha and Reggie add excellent skills, pertinent experience and fresh perspectives to our governing body.

Samantha Wiley

Samantha Wiley

Reggie Young

Reggie Young

Samantha Wiley is a Hudson Valley native who is passionate about historic preservation and sharing our rich local history with everyone she meets. Ms Wiley is currently on the staff of Storm King Art Center, where she has served for five years in severals roles including operations and communications. She previously worked for the American Folk Art Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Hearst Magazines (all in NYC). Her education includes a BA from SUNY Purchase (Arts Management & Art History), an MA from Parsons (Design History & Curatorial Studies), and the Victorian Society of America’s summer program in London. Reggie Young’s passion for restoration and architectural renovation is evident in his more than 30 years of experience in antique restoration. In 2018, he launched Hudson Valley House Parts, with a storefront on Broadway, offering architectural salvage finds and specialty items for historic house restoration. He also operates Brooklyn Lime Works Studio, specializing in historic mortar and plaster. Mr. Young fell in love with Newburgh when he worked on the restoration of a Calvert Vaux home on Montgomery Street 15 years ago; he moved to Newburgh in 2014. In a previous career, he ran restaurants as well as culinary training and service programs. Reggie also currently serves on the City of Newburgh’s Architectural Review Commission.
2019 opening day

Opening Day 2019: Music & the Four Pastellists

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 who specialize in pastels. The artists – Cathy Cahill, Lily Norton, Cathy Praeger and Judy Byrne – will be on hand to talk about their beautiful landscapes and still lifes. Continue reading

Historical Society shows the public how to dig deep about their historic homes

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. Continue reading

Back to Our Colonial Roots

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 told our story as a colonial territory. Continue reading

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

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Proudly Launching A Newburgh Giant

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 the days when Newburgh was a powerful shipbuilding city. Early in the twentieth century, Marvel was creating steamboats of various sizes. The grandest of them all was the 400-foot Hendrick Hudson. On March 31, 1906, the completed hull of the Hendrick Hudson was sent “down the ways” and into the river. Continue reading

The Once-Crowded Waterfront

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 a challenge again as Spring turns to Summer and more folks come to enjoy the Hudson River. Continue reading

Back Out On The River

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, the tipping point seems to have come and people are proud again of Newburgh’s many assets. More positive conversations reach my ears than negative ones. Continue reading