Past Events: 2008 to Present
Earlier events may be found in Newsletters
Historic New Bridge Landing
River Edge, Bergen County, NJ
October 19, 2019
10:00 AM. Meet at the Steuben House,1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Parking is available along Main Street as well as the HNBL Parking Lot at the corner of Main St. and Hackensack Avenue, River Edge.
10:15 AM--12:00 Noon. Explore three Jersey Dutch sandstone houses, including the Steuben House, a state-historic site. The Bergen County houses are connected by a gravel walking path. The day begins in the Steuben House with coffee & cruller and a look back through an antique photo essay and presentation by Past President and Museum Collection Chair Deborah Powell.
The Steuben House was built at the narrows of the Hackensack River. The strategic 1745/1889 bridge crossing saw eleven engagements during the American Revolution. The 1752/1767 mansion has been the Bergen County Historical Society’s HQ since 1939. The Society's collections date from 1902, when the organization was founded. They include artifacts featuring the Revolutionary War.
12:15-1:45 PM. Lunch at the Coach House Diner ½ mile south on the corner of Rte 4 and Hackensack Avenue.
2:00-3:00 PM. The afternoon tour begins at the two-room c. 1794 Demarest House followed by the Campbell-Christie House, a center-hall two-room deep c. 1774 home, both of which were moved to the museum in 1954 and 1977, respectively. The 1899 English-style Westervelt-Thomas Barn is also available, depending on time and interest.
Directions from Kingston:
Option 1: 87 South to Suffern, Rte 17 to Rte 4 east toward NYC, Hackensack Avenue north to Main St., turn right on Main Street of River Edge. Time: 1 hr 30 m.+
Option 2: 87 South to Rte 287 at Harriman, 287 to Palisades Parkway, Parkway south to Rte 4 east, then as in Option 1. Time: 1 hr. 45 m.+ Longer but avoids possible traffic delays on Rte 17
Contact: Deborah Powell
Study Tour of Historic Warwick, Orange County, NY
September 21, 2019
In the morning we will visit the Baird Gristmill at its beautiful location. After lunch, Nora Gurvich, director of the Warwick Historical Society, will host a tour of the 1764 Shingle House, Warwick’s oldest surviving colonial home, and a collection of artifacts discovered during restoration, including coins, medicine bottles, pottery shards, clay pipes, marbles, dolls’ heads, and bones. There may be an additional house tour in the afternoon.
9:30 am - Meet in the parking lot behind the Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Ave, Warwick, NY.
9:45/10:00-11:45 am - Tour of the Baird Gristmill. Members interested in exploring the inside of the mill are advised to bring waders.
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch at venue TBA.
1:45-3:00 pm - Tour of the Shingle House and archaeological finds.
Contact: Ken Krabbenhoft
Study Tour and Summer Get-together
August 17, 2019 11:00 am
Combined meeting of the DBSP/HVVA at the Greene County Historical Society and Bronck House, followed by lunch at the Athens Brewpub located in the renovated Brooks Opera House in historic Athens, NY.
The archives and special collections of the Greene County Historical Society are open year round to researchers and the general public. The Greene County Historical Society is located at 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051.
Contact: Wally Wheeler
Old Stone House Day and Summer Picnic
Hurley, Ulster County, NY
July 13, 2019
Join us for Old Stone House Day in Hurley NY and our summer picnic at Jim Decker's historic house.
The picnic starts at 5:00PM at Jim Decker’s house, 53 Main St. Bring a side dish, a beverage, and a chair -- Jim takes care of the rest.
Three 18th Century House Museums in Albany
May 18, 2019
Tour of three 18th century houses built by Albany's merchant elite, the Schuyler Mansion (1761-63), Cherry Hill (1787) and the Ten Broeck Mansion (1797-98). These three houses were occupied by interrelated family groups and have similar plans yet reflect shifts in technologies, economies, and tastes over a 40-year period.
There is a $4.00 entrance fee for each house. The tour will begin at 10am at the Schuyler Mansion, 32 Catherine Street, Albany.
Lake Katrine, Ulster County, NY
April 20, 2019
10:30 AM Meet in the parking lot of the Ulster Town Hall. Parking is limited at our first destination, so we may need to carpool.
10:45 AM - Noon Tour of the Osterhoudt Homestead at 35 Lohmaier Lane, Lake Katrine. The oldest part of this stone house is thought to date to the late 1600s, with additions from the 1730s to c. 1750. The history of ownership is unusually well attested in the County archives, including the tenure of the house’s most eccentric owner, the little-known founder of the first Unitarian Universalist community in Kingston.
12:15-1:45 PM Lunch at the Olympic Diner, 620 Washington Street, Kingston.
2:00-3:00 PM Tour of the De Meyer-Burhans-Felten House and Dutch barn, 101 Bogert Lane, Lake Katrine. This stone house, built ca. 1836, is a late example for the period and has uncommon details. It also has a late 19th-century frame addition. The stone portion has a near-square footprint set into a hillside and a low pyramidal roof. Undergoing restoration, it is at present in bare-bones condition.
Directions: Exit Rte 209 at Enterprise Drive (Rte 157.) If you’re coming from the north, the exit is south of the Rhinebeck bridge, just past the Saugerties and Mall exits. You will immediately see the Ulster Town Hall and parking lot on your left. If you’re coming from the south, go left where the exit ramp forks, and left again at the light. You will see a sign for Town Hall where Enterprise Drive ends. Go left and you’re almost there.
Contact: Ken Krabbenhoft, email@example.com
Mahwah Area Tour
March 16, 2019
10:30 AM - Meet at the John S. Bartholf House and classic Dutch barn, 1122 Ramapo Valley Road (US-202), Mahwah NJ.
The barn will be open before the house tour. Get there early to view the barn interior and exterior.
Noon to 1 PM - Lunch and board meeting at Portobello Restaurant, 175 Ramapo Valley Rd (US-202), Oakland NJ
1:15 to 4 -
Van Riper House museum, 533 Berdan Ave, Wayne NJ
Van Riper House Virtual Tour
Van Duyne House museum, 533 Berdan Ave, Wayne NJ
Van Duyne House Virtual Tour
Schuyler Colfax House museum, 2343 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne NJ
Private house, 403 Lakeside Ave, Pompton Plains
Maggie MacDowell Memorial Lecture: "Libelers, Monsters, and Rebels"
February 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM
Woodland Pond, Media Room, New Paltz NY
The Jacob Leisler Institute and Research into New York's Neglected English Colonial Period
Presented by Dr. David William Voorhees
Admission to the lecture is free.
HVVA Annual Meeting
January 19, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook NY
Business meeting beginning at 10:30 AM. Lunch to follow.
HVVA Holiday Lunch & Tour
December 15, 2018 - 10:30 AM - Kingston NY
Meet at 10:30 AM at 84 St. James Street, Kingston, then wassail along to a "new find" early wooden house located at 14 Maiden Lane.
Lunch at noon at the Hoffman House, 94 North Front Street.
Tour leader is Rob 845 750 3074
Also, perhaps tour of the 1852 Old Dutch Church at 272 Wall Street after lunch if there is interest!
Octagonal Houses of the Hudson Valley
November 17, 2018
9:30 AM - Meet in the parking lot of Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts at 62 Water Street, Catskill NY, for carpooling to the first house.
10:00 AM - The David Van Gelder House, Sunny Side, whose driveway is located at 21 Walnut Street, Catskill.
12 NOON - Lunch at the Plaza Diner, Fairview Avenue, Hudson NY.
1:15 PM - The John Smith House located at 1250 Route 9, Columbiaville NY.
3:15 PM - Red Hook Public Library located at 7444 South Broadway, Red Hook NY.
Tour contact: John Ham firstname.lastname@example.org
Millbrook, Dutchess County
Saturday, September 15
Contact: Neil Larson
MEET: Nine Partners Meetinghouse, 149 Rt. 343, Millbrook, NY
9:30 - 10:30
STOP 2: Lithgow, 33 Lithgow Rd. (Rt.44), Millbrook, NY
10:45 - 12:15
STOP 3: St. Peter's Church, 692 Deep Hollow Rd., Millbrook, NY.
12:30 - 2:00
PICNIC LUNCH STOP & REST ROOMS
Order from menu at Meetinghouse, pay $10 cash
STOP 4: Harts Village, 3248 Sharon Turnpike (Rt.44), Millbrook, NY
2:30 - 4:00
STOP 5: Return to Nine Partners Meetinghouse to pick up cars
4:00 - 4:40
HVVA Study Tour of Kripplebush and Marbletown, Ulster County
Saturday, August 18, 2018
9:00 - Meet at the 1784 Henry Brodhead House, 550 North Marbletown Road. The parking area is behind the house, off Fording Place. It’s ok to park on the grass if necessary. If you have missed previous tours of the house and would like to take a quick look around, the house will be open at 8:30. We’ll car pool from here to the other venues.
9:30-10:45 – Tour of the Creek House in Kripplebush (hosts Susan and Paul Sprachman), homestead of the Wood family. Built around 1795, with early nineteenth-century Greek Revival additions, modern kitchen from the 1970s, and unusual features like an attached two-story ice house.
11:00-12:15 – Tour of the Thomas Chambers House in Kripplebush (hosts Scott Greathead and Juliette Bennett), a short distance on foot from the House on the Creek. This is a carefully restored stone house from the 1780s. Structural changes introduced over the years provide intriguing clues to its evolution.
12:30-2:00 - Lunch
2:15–3:30 - Tour of the Blandina Bevier House in Marbletown (host Joy Pollock). A massive cut-stone structure from the latter half of the nineteenth century, at one time the weekend house of the sculptor Allen Newman (1875-1940), the Pollock House is located between the Hume and Oliver houses on Rte. 209 opposite the Davis Tavern.
Directions to the Henry Brodhead House:
- Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 19/Kingston.
- Rte 209 South/Ellenville is currently closed to traffic between Kingston and Hurley, so take Rte 28 toward Pine Hill.
- The detour will direct you to Hurley Mountain Road, a LEFT turn off Route 28 by the Kenco store. The road winds around for about 2 miles.
- Be sure to turn LEFT at the STOP SIGN. This will take you through Hurley straight to Rte 209.
- Turn RIGHT on 209 (South). From here you’re about 3.5 miles from your destination.
- When you come to the Ulster County Historical Society, a large stone building on the right, keep your eyes peeled for North Marbletown Road, the next RIGHT turn.
- Passing the Marbletown Inn and volunteer fire department on your left, you’ll see the Henry Brodhead house just ahead on the RIGHT. Turn on Fording Place.
Host: Ken Krabbenhoft
(Other Events of interest to HVVAers)
Talk by Ken Krabbenhoft: Pop Culture in Kingston, NY, 1664
Sunday, August 12, 2018. 3:00 pm.
Ulster County Historical Society, Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209, Kingston, NY. Fee.
Old Stone House Day Picnic, Hurley, Ulster County
Saturday, July 14, 2018Stone House Day information and tickets at http://www.stonehouseday.org/
Contact: Jim Decker
Study Tour in Vischer Ferry, Saratoga County
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00 am: Meet at the Vischer Ferry General Store, 357 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY. It is located in the center of Vischer Ferry across from the fire house at the intersection of Riverview and Vischer Ferry Roads (take exit 8 off the Northway and three and a half miles east).
The walking tour of the Vischer Ferry Historic District will include a stop at the Vischer Homestead to view the interior. The rear wing of the house was built in about 1740 by Nicholas Vischer. The larger Federal portion was built about 1806 (from a dated coin found in the wall) by Nicholas's son Eldert Vischer. The walking tour will end at the General Store about 12:30 PM for lunch and a brief meeting.
After lunch, about 1:30 PM, drive one half mile north to visit the Abraham Best House, a federal home built in 1815 (rear wing may be earlier). This house is on the National Register of Historic Places and retains original features. Detailed information about these two brick homes and the Historic District will be provided by John Scherer, Clifton Park Town Historian.
March Study Tour, Hudson NY
Saturday, March 17, 2018
10am at the
Robert Jenkins DAR House
113 Warren Street, Hudson NY
After a brief business meeting Wally Wheeler will present "Magical Dwelling: Apotropaic Building Practices in the New World Dutch Cultural Hearth", his research on protective rituals and practices associated with the construction and occupation of buildings in North America by early European immigrants. Evidence for these practices has been found at early 17th century archeological sites in Albany and can be found in standing structures throughout the New World Dutch cultural hearth. The talk will present a number of examples throughout the area. Wally encourages you to bring information, objects, or stories of your own experiences, such as an old shoe found in the wall during remodeling!
Following Wally's talk, there will be a tour of the Robert Jenkins House, a brick Federal home built in 1811 by the son of one of the Proprietors (founders) of Hudson and its 3rd and 5th mayor. Lunch will be at one of Hudson's many restaurants.
Tour contact number: 845-750-3074
Maggie MacDowell Memorial Lecture: “Living in Style”
Saturday, February 17, 2018
A presentation based on a selection from the George Way collection of Dutch fine and decorative art. The presenter will be, Ms. Ruth Pinwonka, who over her long career has authored and contributed to many books and publications regarding Dutch material culture in the Hudson Valley.
The presentation will begin at 11:00 am in the Performing Arts Center located at
100 Woodland Pond Circle
New Paltz, NY 12561
All who are interested are invited to attend this free presentation.
Lunch will be catered on site at the cost of $10 per person.
Contact: Rob Sweeney, email@example.com
HVVA 2018 Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway (Route 9), Red Hook, NY
10:00 AM - Meeting to be called to order at 10:30 am
(Please take note that the meeting will be held one week earlier this year.)
- Election of officers
- Financial Report
- 2018 Tour Preview & Planning
- "Show and Tell Time"
- Lunch at the Inn catered by Salvatore's. $10 per person
Contact: Rob Sweeney 845 750 3074
HVVA "Historic Huguenot Street" Holiday
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 am -Meet at the Deyo Hall (red brick building), 6 Broadhead Ave, New Paltz, NY
where we'll leave for a guided tour of "Kasten From Mid-Hudson Valley Collections"
We'll be visiting both the Jean and Abraham Hasbrouck Houses and be will given a change to see over a dozen kasten on exhibit in the two houses.
The cost of the tour is $15 payable the morning of the tour.
12:15 pm - After the tour we'll reconvene for more merry at Garvan's Gastropub
215 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561
Prix fixe lunch menu is $25 per person. Cash Bar available
Contact: Rob Sweeney 845 750 3074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Claverack Historic House Tour
(Events of interest to HVVAers)
Saturday, November 14, 2017
Marbletown & Bloomington Study Tour
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00 - Meet at the 1784 Henry Broadhead House (Ken and Ferris), 550 North Marbletown Road. The parking area is behind the house, off Fording Place. It’s ok to park on the grass if necessary. If you missed the 2016 tour and would like to take a quick look around, the house will be open at 9:30. We will caravan from here to the other venues.
10:30-11:45 - Tour of the Petrus Van Wagenen House at 121 Main Street, Bloomington (Chris and Michelle Maddern). The oldest section dates to 1726-1730, perhaps earlier. The house remained in the Van Wagenen family for nearly three centuries until Chris and Michelle found it earlier this year. They have begun an extensive restoration which has exposed many original features.
12:00-1:30 - Lunch at restaurant TBA.
1:45-2:45 - Tour of the ca. 1791 Johannes A. De Witt house just up the street from Ken and Ferris at 506 North Marbletown (Konstanze Zeller). An ambitious year-long restoration balances the original character of the house with distinctly modern elements.
3:00-4:00 - Tour of an early cottage at 191 Lapla Road in Marbletown (ViVi Hlavsa). It is hoped that our analysis will suggest an approximate date of construction.
Directions to the Henry Brodhead House:
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 19/Kingston. At the traffic circle follow signs to Rte 209 South/Ellenville. Be careful when merging onto 209, as the lane crosses an exit approach. From here to 550 North Marbletown Road is about 6 miles.
- 0.5 miles: NY State Police barracks on left.
- 2.0 miles: Hurley overpass.
- 5.5 miles: Ulster County Historical Society, a large stone building on the right.
Exit: North Marbletown Road is the first right after the Historical Society. Passing behind the Marbletown Inn and volunteer fire department on your left, you’ll see the Henry Brodhead house just ahead on your right. Turn on Fording Place and park behind the house.
Host: Ken Krabbenhoft email@example.com
A Journey Down Memory Lane with John Stevens
Saturday October 7, 2017
HVVA members and friends will visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) on Long Island.
The chartered coach will leave the Hurley Reformed Church parking lot at 8:00 am and return at 6:00pm.
The cost of the tour is $35.00 which includes the travel to and from the site, entry into OBVR and a bag lunch.
Seats are limited so please reserve your place early by sending your check to HVVA Treasurer, Karen Markisenis, 30 Manor Place, Kingston NY 12401
Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) came into existence in 1963, when Nassau County acquired the Powell property, a 165-acre farm located on the Nassau-Suffolk border. The acquisition of the land and the plan to develop a historic restoration were timely, as rapid post-World War II development on Long Island had taken a toll on the area's landmarks.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre village includes an assortment of homes, farms and businesses.
Greene County Tour
Saturday, September 16, 2017
We shall all meet at 10:30 am 680 Embought Road, Catskill.
12:00 Lunch + Brief Board Meeting at Mirabella Restaurant, 123 Partition Street, Saugerties
- From NYS Thruway Saugerties exit (north or south)
- Turn onto Route 32 South (Ulster Ave.)
- Head into the heart of the village to the junction with Route 9W
- Stay on Route 9W North for 7.9 miles
- Turn right onto Embought Road
- Go 3 miles to #680 (on green sign) on right
- Take long driveway to stone house
Host: Don Hanzl 845 - 246 - 5221
Tour of North Greenbush
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
We'll be meeting at the Van Alen house, in DeFreestville, where we'll carpool to the first site. The address is 1744 Washington Avenue Extn, Rensselaer, NY 12144. The Van Alen house has been on HVVA tours in the past; if anyone would like to see inside, I can have it open from 9:30.
We'll be leaving for the first site, the Rysedorph house, at 9:50, promptly; in consideration of the homeowners, please don't be late. The second site on our tour is the Juria Sharpe house.
After lunch, we'll be conducting our first "intensive study" of a site at the David DeFreest house. I will hand out field documentation forms for folks to register their observations and thoughts, and will be compiling these (per our discussion at the January meeting) for a future article in the Newsletter.
Host: Walter Wheeler, 518-596-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
rain or shine
Hurley Stone House Day is quickly approaching, we hope to see HVVA members out and about celebrating our vernacular heritage in stone.
Following the Hurley Stone House Tour, you are invited to attend the HVVA Annual Potluck Picnic.( at about 5 pm) The picnic will be held in back of the Elmendorf House located at just about the center of Main Street in Old Hurley. All members are cordially invited to participate.
We are in need some of volunteers to person the HVVA booth during this event. It is easy work, we sell some books, hand out free newsletters, and do a little promoting of our organization. Please send an email to email@example.com if you can spare an hour or two for this important mission.
Back to Columbia County...
Saturday, June 17, 2017
We begin at 10 AM with tour of James Ivory's water mill with restoration specialist Jeremiah Rusconi (who is also on board of directors of Historic Eastfield Foundation.) Water mill c.1800 with later additions. Mill is on the side of Route 23 in town of Red Mills NY, also backs up onto Claverack Creek. GPS address for Jim's house nearby should work to get you close to the mill & is 18 Patroon St., Claverack NY. There is a turn-off there where we can park cars.
We'll order lunch from menu (separate checks) at Kozel's Restaurant, 1006 State Route 9h, Ghent, NY 12075 (less than 10 minutes away via car pools).
After lunch, return to water mill area to visit James Ivory's home for tour with Jeremiah, who restored the house. Again, GPS address for Jim's house is 18 Patroon St ,Claverack NY. House is Jacob Van Rensselaer residence c. 1811, restored & owned by film producer James Ivory.
There is a chance we can go visit another great old house -- the Van Rensselaer lower manor house is supposed to have been built in 1685, is a few minutes from James Ivory's house & is currently on the market.
Contacts: Judy & Bill McMillen, cell phone 518-461-2917 / email: JudyTB@aol.com.
HVVA May Study Tour
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Oh the smell of springtime in countryside! And with the warmer days its time to check out some barns during the HVVA May Study Tour.
We also welcome our friends from the Dutch Barn Preservation Society to come along with us.
At 10am our meet up location is at the first barn located at 170 route 217 in Claverack NY.
"The Farm at Millers Crossing" and its also a farm stand run by Chris Cashen and Katie Smith.
The GPS location is "170 Route 217 Hudson, NY”
Later we'll travel south to Clermont to explore two other barns… and have lunch.
We Look forward to seeing you in the field!
Contact Rob 845 750 3074
18th Century German Houses in Clinton and Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9:00 - 9:30 Meet at Creek Friends Meetinghouse,
2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners -- carpooling and lunch reservations; come early to see the meeting house.
10:00-11:00 Burger-Sleight House,
320 Schoolhouse Rd, Clinton Hollow
11:30-1:00 Crapser House,
68 Naylor Rd, Clinton.
1:30-3:00 Lunch, CJ's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant,
353 Old Post Rd. (Rt 9G), Rhinebeck.
3:00 - Steenburgh Tavern,
6114 Rt 9 Rhinebeck
Neil Larson, tour host 845 706 9897
Saturday, October 22, 2016
A joint tour for the members of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society (DBPS) and the Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture (HVVA).Tour starts at 11AM, from 59 Sherman Lane: http://nipmoosebarns.org/directions - nipmoose - farm/
HVVA's Athens / Catskill Study Tour
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Willows at Brandow Point
Wycoop house and Dutch barn
Marbletown Study Tour
Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:00 - Meet at the 1784 Henry Brodhead House (Ken and Ferris)
550 North Marbletown Road. The parking area is behind the house, off Fording Place. If you missed the 2014 tour and would like to take a quick look around, the house will be open at 9:30. We will caravan from here to the other venues.
10:30-11:30 - Tour of the Adam Yeaple House
(a small log cabin), built either 1771 or 1798 depending on source, on the Mohonk Preserve. There is a moderate fifteen-minute uphill walk from where we’re parking to the cabin.
11:45-1:15 - Lunch at restaurant TBA.
1:30-2:30 - Tour of the 1797 George Gross House (Kathy Schulz)
80 Old King’s Highway, Stone Ridge.
2:45-3:45 - Tour of the 1775 Colonel Hasbrouck House (Sarah Buckley and Paul Mullen)
49 Old King’s Highway, Stone Ridge.
Directions to the Henry Brodhead House:
Take the New State Thruway to Exit 19/Kingston. At the traffic circle follow signs to Rte 209 South/Ellenville. Be careful when merging onto 209, as the lane crosses an exit approach. From here to 550 North Marbletown Road is about 6 miles.
0.5 miles: NY State Police barracks on the left.
2.0 miles: Hurley overpass.
5.5 miles: Ulster County Historical Society, a large stone building on the right.
Exit: North Marbletown Road is the first right after the Historical Society. Passing behind the Marbletown Inn and volunteer fire department on your left, you’ll see the Henry Brodhead House just ahead on your right. Turn on Fording Place and park behind the house.