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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Houses on the Land

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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Sherwood’s Forest: Rural Lloyd from the Wetlands to the River
Our 2016 historic house tour explored the fascinating legacy of the Town of Lloyd’s rural interior. Perched on a shale terrace, bounded by the Swartekill marshes on the west and the Hudson cliffs to the east, its romantic rocky ridges, ravines, streams and woodsy terrain are the heroes of Warren Sherwood's poems and town history.
 
Creativity and the arts played a role in this tour, which featured eight of the town’s most important rural homesteads dating from the early 19th century to the present. Some were occupied by artists or contain interesting collections; others were fancifully re-imagined by an artistic personality or created more recently as visions of earlier 20th–century architectural traditions. They ranged from unusual stone dwellings and traditional clapboard farm houses, including a “tiny” abode, to a dramatic contemporary structure on the Hudson.
Most were never before been open to the public.
Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.
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Thank you everyone who helped make the 2015 House Tour Fundraiser a success!
Houses on the Land
The Fruits of Marlborough
From the Highlands to the Hudson

Our 2015 tour celebrated the rich and enduring cultural history, architectural traditions and agricultural heritage of Marlborough’s hamlets – Milton, Marlboro and Lattingtown, a region defined by sweeping vistas of the Hudson River  and the fertile orchard-crowned hills rising up to its west. Featured were many of the township’s finest private homes, farm complexes and historic sites dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, including early and rare 18th century frame dwellings, grand river houses perched high above the Hudson, and their charming rural-cousins in orchard country spanning a range of styles from Greek Revival to the Picturesque.

Most had never before been open to the public. Four of the sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Proceeds from this tour will go to land preservation in southern Ulster County.

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chorny WEBThank you everyone who attended and supported the House Tour Fundraiser this past May 31, 2014.

Houses and Farms in the Wallkill River Valley
The Changing Face of Agriculture in Gardiner and Shawangunk

It was a success because of all involved- especially homeowners, sponsors, local businesses, docents, committee members, advisors- THANK YOU!!

 

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Thank you everyone who came out to the 2013 House Tour in the Town of Esopus!
It was so nice to see old faces and meet new ones as well!
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Wallkill Valley Land Trust's
3rd Annual House Tour


River to River: The Town of Esopus
From the Rondout & Wallkill to the Hudson

This WVLT house tour featured a rich variety of homes highlighting the Town’s distinctive terrain. It included early stone houses bordering the Rondout Creek and Wallkill River; glimpses of Rifton’s Civil War-era industrial past; a Quaker farmhouse on the ‘Old Post Road’ between the Black Creek and Swartekill watersheds; and several stylish examples of 19th-century country-house architecture with majestic views of the Hudson. The tour concluded with a visit to the grounds of John Burroughs’ “Riverby” and a viewing of the great naturalist’s “bark” study (a precursor to “Slabsides”), followed by a reception at the Global Palate restaurant in West Park.

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