Hillsdale Historian Chris Atkins “The Original Route of the Columbia Turnpike” at Roeliff Jansen Library, Jan 19

Santa Claus is coming to the Roeliff Jansen Commuity Library on Sunday.

Hillsdale Co-Town Historian Chris Atkins will present his findings after a yearlong investigation into the original path of the Columbia Turnpike. Many people believe that the turnpike followed the path of today’s State Route 23, but in fact, as Atkins will demonstrate, the original turnpike diverged from today’s RT. 23 in at least two areas.

“As a trustee of the Friends of East Gate Toll House, I was curious to see if I could find the location of the long gone Middle Gate Toll House,” Atkins said. “In my search, I could see that the original turnpike could not have followed Rt. 23 from the Massachusetts line to the Hudson River and set out to find the actual route – ultimately to create a map showing the path.”

Participants will receive an 11”x17” copy of the map, which also includes information about many of the historic structures that still exist on the original turnpike path.

Saturday, January 19, 2019: 4pm

Roeliff Jansen Community Library
9091 NY-22
Hillsdale, NY 12529



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