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Save the Date: June 1st, 2019
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Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 9th Annual Houses on the Land Historic House Tour 

Rosendale and Beyond: Reshaping the Land -
Farmsteads, Cement Works and Canal Towns 
11:00 am - 4:30 pm  
Reception following 4:30pm - 6:00pm

This year’s tour explores the fascinating early history and industrial and cultural heritage of Rosendale and surrounding hamlets - High Falls, Cottekill, Binnewater, Lawrenceville, Bloomington and Eddyville - from its early agrarian Dutch settlements through its evolution into a prosperous industrial boom-town in the 19th century, to its recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community. The building of the D & H Canal to transport coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and the discovery of natural “Rosendale” cement, prized for its exceptional durability, and later the Wallkill Valley Railroad, shaped the town and brought international prominence to the area.

The day begins with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers are Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the Historical Society’s D&H Canal Museum. Featured houses are among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th  centuries. Highlighted are stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth. This program promises a unique and memorable experience!

A note about the logistics: This tour is largely self-guided. At registration (located at St. Peter's Church), you will be provided with a map of the homes and a booklet. Docents will welcome you at each featured location to share even more. It is highly recommended that you carpool during this house tour. 

Tickets $50 / $45 members by May 30; $55 / $50 members thereafter.   Volunteer: Take the tour for free and attend the reception! 

Ticket pick-up Day of Tour 10:30 am – 1:30 pm sharp at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (also Registration site), 1017 Keator Avenue, Rosendale, NY 12472.

Admission includes the reception and wine tasting at a private home. Proceeds to benefit WVLT’s land preservation efforts.