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Past Events: 2008 to Present

Earlier events may be found in Newsletters

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Holiday Outing

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10:00 am - We’ll gather in the parking lot behind the Kingston School District administrative offices on Green St. (Green St. is the first right off North Front Street if you are coming via Washington Avenue).

This event is by far the most fun tour of the year. We visit houses, have a great lunch in the historic Hoffman House Tavern and enjoy a day of fellowship and good cheer. Cost of the lunch is $20, payable on the day of the tour. RSVP is a MUST to attend this outing!

Contact: Rob Sweeney, 845-336-0232 or gallusguy@msn.com

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Ulster Update

Saturday, November 19, 2011

10:00 starting point at the Benjamin Ten Broeck House 1019 Flatbush Road, Kingston, then off to the Oosterhoudt House in Lake Katrine, with additional sites pending - then off to Lunch.

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Exploration – Eastfield

Saturday, October 15, 2011

10:00 am start

A leisurely day of looking will be the rule of the day. Eastfield Village is the creation and life work of Don Carpentier, who has been collecting and reconstructing the stuff of everyday life between 1787 and 1840 since 1958.

The village is called Eastfield because Don's father give him eight acres of woodlot near the east field of the family farm in 1971 for the first of his reconstructions: a blacksmith's shop (somebody's pigpen before Don dismantled and hauled it here). There are now more that 20 buildings, including the whale of a tavern where our HVVA meeting will take place.

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Northern Saugerties HVVA study tour

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Begin - 10:00 am at 51 Hanzl Road (dirt road), Saugerties, NY 12477

This house is difficult to find as there is no Road Sign! I will try and get there early and place a Dutch Flag to mark the turn.

Hanzl Road is on a Left off 9W north of the village of Saugerties. It is the second drive after you pass an abandon store front, the turn is also marked by a Column with a small light fixture on top. Good Luck!

Contact: Rob's cell # if you get lost, 845-242-6927.

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Picnic at Hurley’s Annual Stone House Day

Saturday, July 10, 2011

10:00 am - As tradition now has it the HVVA’s picnic will be folded into the same day we gather to showcase the work of our organization at Hurley’s Annual Stone House Day. Please let us know if you are willing to volunteer at the display table during the day.

The potluck picnic will begin at about 4:30 in back of the Elmendorf House on Main Street.

Contact: Gallusguy@msn.com

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Greene County Gathering

Saturday, June 18, 2011

This will be a combined Greene County study tour and board meeting. 10:00 - Tour to begin at the Bronck House. Other houses to follow.

Directions to the Bronck Museum as follows:

  • From Thruway Exit 21B, Coxsackie: South on 9W 3¾ miles; at RED BARN turn right on Pieter Bronck Road.
  • From Traffic Light at 9W and 81: South on 9W 1½ miles; at RED BARN turn right on Pieter Bronck Road.
  • From Catskill: North on 9W; then left on County Rt. 42

Tour handout

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Walden-Wallkill-Pine Bush Tour

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Meeting spot: John G Borden Middle Schooll (parking lot in front of school) at 11:00 AM-- 109 Bona Ventura Avenue (Route 208), Wallkill, NY 12589

Jacob T. Walden House (c.18th stone), 34 North Montgomery St., Walden 12586

Isaac Terwilliger House (mentioned in Helen Reynolds’ book), 16 Meyer Rd, Wallkill 12589

Reformed Church of Shawangunk & possibly the parsonage, 1166 Hoagerburgh Rd, Wallkill 12589

Audrey's Farmhouse B&B (c.1740 wood frame), 2188 Bruynswick Rd, Wallkill 12589

Decker, Garret & William / Sangiovese @ Colonial Inn, 2629 New Prospect Rd, Pine Bush, 12566 (mentioned in Helen Reynolds’ book)

Eat a hardy breakfast or bring snacks as there will be no lunch break, but an early dinner at Sangiovese around 5:00 pm.

Disclaimer: Houses are subject to change without notice.

Contact: Ken Walton (cell) 845-532-6438

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HVVA Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 15, 2011

10:00 am - Our annual meeting will be held in the Elmendorph Inn located at 7562 Route 9, Red Hook, NY.

Election of officers and planning for 2011 will be the agenda of the day. All members are welcome. Bring some thing to “show and tell,” it’s a tradition!

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Lunch out, place to be announced.

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Holiday tour!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

10:00 AM - We’ll gather in the parking lot behind the Kingston School District administrative offices on Green St. (Green St. is the first right off North Front Street if you are coming via Washington Avenue)

This event is by far the most fun tour of the year. We visit houses, have a great lunch and enjoy a day of fellowship and good cheer.

Cost of the lunch is $20, payable on the day of the tour. RSVP is a MUST to attend this outing!

Contact: Rob Sweeney, 845-336-0232 or gallusguy@msn.com

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Persen House

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10 am - 2pm: HVVA members will gather at the Persen House, on the corner of Crown and John Street, Kingston in lieu of a monthly study tour, to showcase our organization’s work to the general public. Please stop in for a visit!

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Schenectady Stockade Historic District Tour

Saturday, September 25, 2010

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: The Schenectady Stockade Historic District tour will be the official HVVA monthly study tour. The tour begins at 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady, NY 12305

Members wishing to tour the houses collectively should meet at the above address at 10:30 AM. Tickets are $15 each, available on the day of the event, free parking available at the community college campus.


New Netherland Seminar

(Events of Interest to HVVAers)

September 25, 2010

The New Netherland Institute announces its 33rd New Netherland Seminar (formerly the Rensselaers- wijck Seminar), which will focus on “The Restoration of New Netherland, 1673–1674”. It is well known that Stuyvesant surrendered the Dutch colony to the English in 1664. What isn’t as well known is nine years later the Dutch regained control of their former possession almost as easily as it had been lost.

Addition information at the Institute web site

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Washington County Tour

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The promised adventure to the northern realm, the Washington County tour will feature the wide breadth of vernacular structures in this area. This tour will greatly to broaden our perspective regarding specific cultural influences on buildings in our northern reaches. Join us for a full day!

10:00 am - Tour meets and begins at, 2838 State Route 29, Greenwich (Battenville) 12834. For more information call

Host: W. Wheeler

Tour handout

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Stone House Day Hurley

Saturday, July 10, 2010

10:00 am - As tradition now has it the HVVA July meeting will be folded into a showcase for our organization at Hurley’s Annual Stone House Day. Please let us know if you are willing to volunteer at the display table during the day.

Potluck picnic to follow (about 5:00) at the Elmendorf House on Main Street.

Contact: Gallusguy@msn.com

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Schoharie Saturday

Saturday, June 19, 2010

10:00 am - Meeting at the Blenhein covered bridge. The bridge is just north of north Blenhein on Rt. 30.

The June tour is set for the Schoharie County. Tour to include the bridge (the longest clear span wooden structure in the world), Dutch barns, a Swing beam barn and hop barns.

Host: Bob Hedges

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Celebration in Stone

Saturday, May 22, 2010

10:00 am - HVVA members will support the Historic Preservation Committee of the Town of Saugerties by combining our monthly study tour with this special stone house tour of Saugerties.

Please note there is no regular 3rd Saturday event in May scheduled due to the excitement and popularity of this event among our members. See you on tour!

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Southern Sojourns: HVVA Union County English and Dutch House Tour

Saturday, April 17, 2010

11:00 am - Join us for our yearly trip to the southern most region of the Hudson Valley, as we explore the vernacular architecture of Northern New Jersey.

There will be an official business meeting over lunch, Trustees please try to attend or send committee reports in advance.

  1. 10:30 to 12:00 - Dr. Robinson House (circa 1690), 593 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ.
    732-340-1571 Scott McCabe dr.robinsonplantation@hotmail.com
  2. 12:15 to 1:00 - Varleth Sip House (private, 1664), moved from Jersey City in 1929, 5 Cherry Lane, Wychwood section of Westfield.
    Brad and Alexandra Bonner. HABS NJ-265
    Lunch stop
  3. 1:30 - 2:30 - Drovers and Merchants Tavern & little house (1795/1820), corner of St Georges Avenue (Rt. 27) and Westfield Ave, Rahway NJ.
    Alex Shipley director. HABS NJ- 36. We have permission to see attic and basement.
  4. 3:00-3:30 - Boudinot Elias House (Boxwood Hall) (circa 1750), 1073 East Jersey St., Elizabeth NJ
    State Historic site. HABS NJ-476
    Note: we have permission to see basement, attic restored 1940 when upper floors were removed, now is an apartment.
  5. 3:30- 4:00 - Nathanial Bonnell house (Before 1682?), 1045 East Jersey Avenue, Elizabeth NJ
    Paul Madingly. Owned by the Elizabeth Historical society open by appointment only.
    We have permission to see attic and basement which are original.
  6. 4:00-4:30 - Belcher-Odgen House (circa 1742), 1046 East Jersey Ave., Elizabeth NJ
    Paul Madingly. Owned by the Elizabeth Historical society open by appointment only
    HABS NJ-13. We have permission to see attic and basement.
  7. 4:30-5:30 - Optional walking tour of East Jersey Ave and neighborhood:
    • Andrew Hampton House (St John's church parsonage) 1696/rebuilt 1817, 633 Pearl Street. HABS NJ-672.
    • Jouet, Cavalier House (circa 1757-60), Southwest corner Rahway Ave and Grove Street. HABS NJ-42.
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March on Palatines

Saturday, March 20, 2010

10:00 am - Meeting at the Germantown Parsonage, 52 Maple Avenue, Germantown, NY.

Visit early structures with an actual Palatine descendant!

Host: Alvin Sheffer (518) 828-5482.

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Flatbush – take off!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

10:00 am - Gathering at the TenBroeck House, 1019 Flatbush Road, Kingston, NY.

Explore some new discoveries in Flatbush and Rhinebeck.

Contact: Rob Sweeney 845-336-0232

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HVVA Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 16, 2010

10:00 am - Our annual meeting will be held in the Marbletown Fire House, located just off on Route 209, north of Stone Ridge. Election of officers and planning for 2010 will be the topic of the day. All members are welcome, lunch to follow. Bring something to “show and tell,” it’s a tradition! Coffee and doughnuts will be provided!

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Holiday tour!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

10:00 am - We’ll gather in the parking lot behind the Kingston School District administrative offices on Green Street (Green Street is the first right off North Front Street if you are coming via Washington Ave.)

This event is by far the most fun tour of the year. Here we visit houses, have a great lunch and then process to the Friends of Historic Kingston’s Gallery to view recent drawings created by our own Peter Sinclair.

Cost of the lunch is $20, payable on the day of the tour. RSVP is a must to attend this outing!

Contact: Rob at 845-336-0232 or gallusguy@msn.com

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To Ghent we go Again!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

10:30 am - Meeting at the home of HVVA Members, Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster, 342 Legget Road, Ghent NY 12075.

Join us as we explore un-tapped roots of 18th Century architecture In Columbia County.


PETER SINCLAIR: DRAWING ON THE PAST

Exhibit of line drawings featuring local vernacular architecture by the founder of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture

Four Saturdays, November 21 and 28, December 5 and 12, 2009

A special exhibit of recent art works by Peter Sinclair, founder of the organization Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture (HVVA), will open in the Friends of Historic Kingston Museum Gallery on Saturday, November 21.

Peter Sinclair: Drawing on the Past can be viewed thru December 12 on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Friends of Historic Kingston Museum Gallery, corner Wall-Main Streets, Kingston’s Stockade District. (845) 339-0720.
An artist’s reception will be held as part of Kingston’s First Saturday Art Events on December 5 at 7 p.m.

Following a stroke in 2006, Sinclair turned to creating line drawings as part of the rehabilitation process and literally drew his way back into the world he loves by making local vernacular architecture the predominant theme. A preservation activist, Sinclair hopes the art works will benefit the local preservation community with proceeds from sales being donated to HVVA and the Friends of Historic Kingston.

Founded in the mid-1990’s, HVVA has been offering tours of old houses and barns, helps historic groups with programs, and teaches forgotten arts and trades such as thatching, how to build a hay barrack or move a barn. Sinclair’s work, in particular, has contributed significantly to the history of the Hudson Valley region by his research and publicizing of information on early structures that is not being done by any other organization or individual.

Contact: (845) 339-0720, or e-mail gallusguy@msn.com.

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Country Seats Tour

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2009

The combined effort of HVVA and Hudson River Heritage present the 21st annual “Country Seats Tour” Exploring What’s Dutch. Hudson River Heritage invites you to join us as we – once again – open wide the doors of history to stroll through finely preserved homes and landmark sites.

The 2009 Country Seats Tours promises to be an architectural discovery with visits to immediate suburbs.

  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 3: Dutch American Rural Architecture – from Hurley to High Falls – Ulster County, NY
  • Sunday, October 4: What's Dutch?
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“Country Seats Tour” Docent Training

Saturday, September 19, 2009

10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Training to be held in the fellowship hall of the Hurley Reformed Church, located on Main Street, Hurley NY. All members wishing to volunteer should attend this meeting. House assignments will be given out on this day. Refreshments provided.


"Let's Go Deutsch"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

1-5 pm at the Palatine Farmstead, Rt. 9, Rhinebeck.

Join us for an open house of the 1727 farmstead and learn about the early Palatine German settlement of Rhinebeck while supporting a good cause. Funds raised will go toward matching a NYS Barn Restoration and Preservation Grant for restoration of the 1770 Dutch barn associated with the farm. Demonstrations will include: baking bread in an 18th century bake oven, churning butter, blacksmithing, peg-making in the barn, as well as carding and weaving fabric. Taste delicious food cooked in the hearth.

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Annual Picnic

Saturday, August 15, 2009

10:00 am - Meeting in the parking lot of “Historic Huguenot Street” (across the street from Deyo Hall on Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz).

This year for the sake of convenience we will have our picnic catered $10 per person. “Bring your own bottle”.

The picnic meeting is always a fun day, and this year will be no exception! We have some truly fine examples of local architecture scheduled for this tour. Join us!

Please RSVP to Rob Sweeney via email, gallusguy@msn.com or leave message at 845.336.0232.


John R. Stevens Hudson River Heritage Country Seats Lecture

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Poster for What's Dutch Lecture

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The Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Early Technology Day. HVVA and DBPS members will be attending.


HVVA Picnic

Saturday, August 16, 2008

At Shadow Lawns, the home of HVVA members David Cavallaro and Dan Giesinger. The house and barn complex is located at 2233 Lucas Ave Turnpike just north of the village of High Falls, NY.

HVVA picnics are not to be missed. They start at 10 am with a tour of an historic site and return back to the place we started from for a potluck picnic. All of our members are encouraged to participate.

Host: Gallusguy@msn.com

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Hurley Stone House Day

Saturday, July 12, 2008

10 am - 4 pm - HVVA will host a table of photographs and artifacts to promote awareness of our organizations goals. Members are needed to person the table, for various points throughout the day, please volunteer.

For more event information visit: www.stonehouseday.org

Contact: Jim Decker (845) 527-1710


Blueberry Festival

Sunday, July 27, 2008

9 am - 4pm - Austerlitz Historical Society, Old Austerlitz Site, Route 22, Austerlitz. Rain or shine.

HVVA will again set up a display and promote preservation issues at this event. Volunteers needed!

The event will feature; 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, blueberry recipe contest and blueberry pancake breakfast

Contact: Alvin Scheffer 518-828-5482

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Barn Tour of Northern Dutchess County

Saturday, June 21, 2008

HVVA and DBPS combine forces for tour.

10 am - Leave from the Quitman Resource Center located at 7015 Route 9, Rhinebeck NY.

Host: Bob Hedges

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Hvva Planning Meeting

Saturday, May 17, 2008

10:00 am - at North Marbletown Firehouse, Route 209 just south of the Bevier House.

Lunch to follow at the Hurley Mountain Inn.


EAIA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 28 - Saturday, May 31, 2008

Early American Industries Association will hold its annual meeting at the Holiday Inn, Wolf Road Albany, NY. Hands on demonstrations, talks and presentations, and a great tool auction.

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HVVA Bergen County NJ Tour

Saturday, April 19, 2008

10:30 am - Our tour will begin at the historic Haring House owned by Doug Johnsen (tour leader).

Directions:

  • NYS Thruway to Palisades Interstate Parkway
  • South on Parkway until Exit (#5?), Route 303
  • Proceed on Route 303 for two traffic lights, then turn Left on to Oak Tree Road
  • Proceed about .05 miles until first traffic light, turn Right on to Piermont Road, pass golf course
  • Turn into #5 Piermont Rd, Rockliegh NJ.

The tour will be an exciting one. The Haring house and barn, and the Kearney house which sits below the Palisades right on the Hudson River will highlight the day. Another HVVA member George Turrell has a couple of additions which might just might surprise us. Hope to see you on tour!

If you think you would like to go, email Rob Sweeney at Gallusguy@msn.com so we know an approximate number to expect. The drive form the Kingston exit of the NYS Thruway to Rockleigh NJ is about 2 hours. We will be at Doug's house for about an hour so any stragglers can catch up there.

Host: Doug Johnson, home 201-768-3408, cell 201-264-2438.

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Monthly Study Tour in the Rhinebeck Vicinity

Saturday, March 15, 2008

10:00 am - Leaving from the HVVA office, 1019 Flatbush road, Kingston.

Contact: Rob, 845-336-0232

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Monthly Meeting

Saturday, February 16, 2008

10:00 am - at the North Marbletown Firehouse, just south of the Bevier House on Route 209. This will be a “show and tell” meeting, please bring objects or photos to share with the group. This is a good time to get some expert advice on a project or a problem.

Contact: Jim Decker, 845-527-1710

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Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 19, 2008

10:00 am - at the Benjamin Ten Broeck House, 1019 Flatbush Road, Kingston.

Election of officers, planning for the 2008, and the dedication of our new office building are a few topics on the agenda. Luncheon to follow.

HVVA faced a very challenging year and proved it could not only survive but grow as well. All members are welcome and encouraged to come. Bring a bottle to celebrate! Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Contact: Rob Sweeney, 845-336-0232


Lectures on Dutch Barns

Friday, January 25, 2008

6:30 pm - Learn Dutch Barn vocabulary in Dutch, with a lecture at 7:00 P.M. regarding the similarities of Dutch barns in New York to those in the Netherlands. Presentation at the Huguenot Historical Society's Family Associeation Center, 54 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, New York.

Contact: 845-255-0376

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