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.
Of all Newburgh’s galaxy of brilliant and distinguished clergy-men of other days, perhaps the most outstanding was Dr. John Brown, for many years rector of St. George’s. He occupied its pulpit from 1815 to 1878 and was both beloved and admired. He was a man of great activity and business ability, and his sagacity and acumen gave him an influence in the village far beyond the interests of his immediate parish. He owned the land on which were erected the quaint and beautiful houses always know as “Quality Row,” and lived in one of those houses for many years. He died in 1884, during the first year of our Society’s existence.
By Rev. John Brown, D.D. (1791-1884) In the Spring of the year 1827, being the owner of a large garden at the corner of First and Liberty streets, I made application to the Village Street Commissioner for permission to plant trees around my premises for shade and ornament. At that time the streets on the … Continue reading History of the Shade of Trees in the Village of Newburgh
The second part of the joint program by the Newburgh Historical Society and St. George’s Episcopal Church continues on August 2nd at 3:00 p.m. with a history talk about the Rev. John Brown. During the first part of their partnership, over 100 members of the public toured through the historic St. George’s Cemetery, which was founded by the Rev. Brown in 1838. The talk, “A Man for Our Time: The Rev. Dr. John Brown, D.D.,” will be presented by Madelaine Piel, historian, genealogist and a Rev. Brown descendant.