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The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) invites you to volunteer for its 8th annual historic house tour, Plattekill’s Rural Treasures: Houses, Hamlets, Crossings and Bywayson Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Its focus on the Town of Plattekill and its closing reception will be held at a private residence.

Take the Tour for Free and Sign Up to Volunteer!

This year’s tour explores the fascinating history, families, agriculture, and cultural heritage of the town of Plattekill winding through the richly diverse countryside via its many crossings and its hamlets - New Hurley, Modena, Ardonia, Clintondale and Plattekill, a rarely explored and little-known land-locked region between Gardiner, Shawangunk, Marlboro and Lloyd.

The tour begins with registration and a tour of the beautiful interior of New Hurley Reformed Church. Featured are eight of the town’s most interesting and unusual vernacular treasures in a range of period styles, dating from the 18th to the 20th century. The day ends with an informal reception and wine tasting at an artist’s studio/home in a stunning landscape setting.  A great adventure awaits us - most houses have never before been open to the public.

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.


  • 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 2: 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:                    10:30 - 1:45 

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

Reception:                   4:30 – 6:00 at a private property


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).  Or Click Here for the Sign Up Sheet!
  • 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!