Category: History

Columbia County Historical Society Drive Through History

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) presents Drive Through History. Get out and explore the historic beauty of Columbia County with new self-guided road trips.

There’s so much fascinating history and heritage around Columbia County, and traces of the past may be found down every state highway and country road. While our museums are temporarily closed, let CCHS be your guide for these scenic road trips to explore everything from local legends to our most significant political, educational and religious sites. CCHS will be unveiling more road trips throughout the summer and fall, so check back here or subscribe to the email newsletter to stay up to date.

Download the maps at https://www.cchsny.org/drive-through-history.html, and be sure to tag @CCHS_NY and use the hashtag #DriveThroughHistory as you make your way around the County!

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Historic Hudson: In Person Walking Tour, Aug 22

Big Onion Walking Tours’ Historic Hudson – In Person Tour, takes place on Saturday, August 22. The City of Hudson is much more than a quaint town in the Hudson River Valley. Founded by Quakers in 1785, Hudson quickly grew to a major commercial center and almost became the capital of New York State. Hudson offers the finest “Main Street” in New York and features examples of every architectural style since the late 18th century, including two of the rarest, Adam and Egyptian Revival.

The tour will explore the diverse social history, architecture, and people of this Upstate urban center. Stops could include: Promenade Hill, Nantucket Houses, sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the most notorious Red Light district north of Times Square, and locations associated with Thomas Jefferson, Ma Brown, Charles Dickens, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Lieutenant William H. Allen, who was killed by pirates.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 22, 2020 / 1pm
Tour is approximately 2 hours long

LOCATION: Hudson, NY
Meet at the gazebo on the corner of Union Street & West Court, in front of Columbia County Courthouse.

TICKETS: $30 ($20 Seniors & Full-Time Students)
Advance reservations required
Visit bigonion.com/tour/historic-hudson

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Dedicated Historic Hudson telephone: (518) 249-5994

 

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Tour the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, Aug 8


The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society (HALPS) is hosting the 2nd of 4 tours, of the 2020 season, at the lighthouse. Come walk through this historic gem of the Hudson River, and view videos and artifacts displayed, detailing how life was like for a lighthouse keeper and his family. A glimpse in time when the lighthouse was occupied and operated by people, including the family actually living in the lighthouse. Come learn the history of the lighthouse and the role it played and remains playing, to the community and river vessel traffic.

Masks will be required to enter, and visitors are required to take proper social distancing precautions while on the boat and inside the lighthouse. Visitors will be required to take a covid symptom survey as well. Staff will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

Tours are approximately an hour, with the option of staying longer, when transportation permits.

Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of ticket purchase  

DATE/TIME: August 8, September 12, October 10th
Tours will depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson at 11, 12, 1 and 2. Tours depart Athens Village Riverfront Park at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

LOCATION:
Henry Hudson Riverfront Park
Hudson, NY (Behind the Amtrak station)

Village of Athens Waterfront Park
4 Water Street
Athens, NY

ADMISSION: Adults $25. 12 & under $10. Discount Rates for Society members.

Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Cash at the launch sites.
By phone- 888-764-1844
Online at –https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/hudsoncruises/items/

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Friends of Clermont’s History Hour on the Main Porch, Jul 25

Join Friends of Clermont for History Hour on the Main Porch, this Saturday, July 25th at 11am and 1pm. Costumed interpreters will read a selection of picture books, covering the Hudson Valley’s history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Different stories will be read at each story hour.  A wonderful outing for families!  Our youngest visitors are invited to join us in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 25, 2020 / 11am & 1pm

LOCATION: Clermont State Historic Site
87 Clermont Ave
Germantown, NY 12526

ADMISSION: Free
Must register in advance on Eventbrite

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Happy 4th of July!

Have a happy, and safe Independence Day!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.

 

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