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The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) invites you to volunteer for its 7th annual historic house tour, Houses on the Land: The First Highway - Huguenot Homesteads From New Paltz to Bontecoe, on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. Its focus on the Town of New Paltz coincides with the Land Trust’s year-long celebration of its 30th Anniversary. Its closing reception will be held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement.

This year’s tour explores the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Duzine” - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain. Huguenot Street will offer a special orientation at the Fort, designed especially for this occasion, and a private visit to one of its stone houses rarely open to the public. The seven houses on the tour include examples of an early stone house, a charming modern interpretation of a Dutch-style stone dwelling, two Greek Revival structures –one a brick beauty, the other, a fascinating clapboard bank house, as well as a fanciful late nineteenth-century manor house, and a soaring labyrinthine barn converted to modern living.

As a volunteer, you will join a small team of docents for one of two shifts at one of the houses on the tour. Docents monitor and safeguard the homes, direct traffic flow, enforce rules, and share their knowledge of their assigned home’s history and architectural features, thereby enhancing the tour’s reputation as an interesting, enjoyable and smoothly run event. As a thank you for your service, volunteers receive one free ticket to the tour and the reception following.

Schedule:

  • Early-May: An orientation package will be emailed (or mailed if you don’t have email) to you about three to four weeks prior to the tour. It will include the history of the township, a description of your assigned house, a map of the tour route with specific directions to the house, and a list of fellow docents.
  • Mid-May: An orientation will be held at your assigned house with the house captains and docents.
  • Saturday, June 3: All docents are to arrive at their assigned house by 10:30 am where they will receive their registration materials and any final instructions

First Shift:                    11:00 - 1:45 (arrive 10:30)

Second Shift:               1:45 - 4:30 (arrive 10:30 for reg.  materials; leave at 10:45; return at1:30)

Reception:                  4:30 – 6:00 at a private WVLT easement

Want to participate?

  • Please email José Moreno-Lacalle, the Docent Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your name, mailing address, phone numbers (home and cell for day of tour).
  • Please also indicate your preferences:shift assignment, want to work with a friend, are willing to handle parking, have enhanced knowledge and/or experience to qualify you as a shift captain, or have special needs (transportation issues, standing and stairs).We will do our best to accommodate them.
  • Please respond by no later than May 1 and sooner if possible. We will contact you with further information soon after registering.

We look forward to hearing from you. We hope you will join us in supporting this important endeavor.
It will be an interesting and fun experience!
All Walks and Talks are FREE for WVLT Members, $5 suggested donation for the general public, unless otherwise noted.. Become a member!  
PLEASE RSVP!!
Register by clicking the links below, or by calling 845-255-2761. 

Saturday, 5/6, 10:00am - 12:00pm (FREE!)
Turtle Day! Monitoring Eastern Box Turtles with Anne Smith.
Exact location given upon registration.               
Lend a hand at Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s annual Walk and Talk on the Smith Property! Once a year, the Smiths invite community members to join in their search for turtles that have emerged from hibernation in the hopes of finding more repeaters and learning more about their range.  Participation is limited, free for all, and advance registration with the WVLT is required. For more information on the project: visit www.boxturtlesny.com. This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain).Space is very limited for this walk. Click to REGISTER for Turtle Day!
 
Saturday, 5/20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Seeing Small – Getting to Know Mosses with Julia Palmer. 
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Binnewater Lot to Joppenbergh Mtn.
Meet at the Rail Trail Parking Lot on Binnewater Road, about .3 mile north of Route 213, Rosendale.
There is so much more to see if we know to look.  Join Julia Palmer, WVLT’s  Assistant Land Steward, for an introduction to the ecology and beauty of these oft overlooked lifeforms. Mosses are among the Earth’s earliest land plants, and have much to teach us about the advantages of being small.  We will cover life cycle, ecology, uses, and identification of several of our region’s more “charismatic” species.  You will walk away with a small field booklet to accompany you in your continued exploration of mosses. Click to REGISTER for Mosses
 
Saturday, 6/25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Tree Walk with Tom O’Dowd Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New Paltz.
Meet at the Water Street Market Amphitheatre (outside of the Mudd Puddle), New Paltz.
See the trees of the forest! What tree is that?  What is on those leaves? Learn with Bard College Environmental and Urban Studies program coordinator Tom O’Dowd about common and uncommon trees, using the special clues they leave us, including identification through bark, buds, seeds and leaves found in the fields and forests of this public linear park and WVLT Conservation Easement. Click to REGISTER for the Tree Walk
 
Sunday, 8/27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ferns and More in Rosendale with Lynn Bowdery.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail from Binnewater Lot to Joppenbergh Mtn.
Meet at the Rail Trail Parking Lot on Binnewater Road, about .3 mile north of Route 213, Rosendale.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail north of the great trestle over the Rondout in Rosendale passes through a variety of shaded habitats which support a nice variety of ferns and other plants. Join WVLT’s Land Steward for a leisurely walk along the rail bed exploring the diversity of ferns and whatever else is interesting. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, insect repellant and field guides as desired.  Binoculars and magnifying glasses can be useful for studying plants, too.  Click to REGISTER for Ferns and More!
On October 14, 2012, we honored Bob Taylor with our Annual Conservation Award at Apple Greens Golf Course with a banquet and over 100 people.
Thank you Bob for your years of dedication to protecting open space!


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WVLT Vice President, Robert Witkowski with Bob Taylor and Christine DeBoer, Executive Director

On Sunday, October 5th, we honored  Glenn Hoagland with our 2014 Conservation Award!

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On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the Hare East Easement we honored Joan Burroughs with our annual Conservation Award.HareProperty2013 Chairs2WEB

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Joan has long been an advocate for open space protection.  As the great-granddaughter of Naturalist John Burroughs, she has maintained his legacy of conservation and protection of the natural world and spearheaded the four-year State and privately funded project to restore and expand hiking trails at Slabsides.  

She is currently on the board of directors at the John Burroughs Association.

This year's Honorary Committee included: Bob Anderberg, Anne Bienstock and Russell Gilmore, Peter Bienstock, Allan and Lynn Bowdery, Patricia and Richard Brooks, Donald Christian, Mary Collins, Glenn Hoagland, Jim Hoover, Sandra Hutton, John Jacobs, Cara Lee,  Jay LeFevre, John Jacobs, Paul Kellar, Ron Knapp, Annie O'Neill, Steve Rosenberg, Angela Sisson and Johanna Sokolov, Vivian and John Wadlin.

 

Make a donation today in honor of Joan.

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The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads from

New Paltz to Bontecoe

This year's focus on the Town of New Paltz coincides with the year-long celebration our 30th Anniversary. The closing reception will be held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement.

The tour will explore the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Patentees”  - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain.

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