The Mohawk River has been used as a transportation corridor since the beginning of human settlement. Indigenous people used the river to move east and west, as did the first European explorers and those who followed. The river was shallow and relatively slow flowing. Along the 120-miles between Rome and the Hudson river, there are two waterfalls. The largest of the two is near the eastern end of the river, where the water flows over a 90-foot high falls at Cohoes. At Little Falls the river flows over a series of rapids that are 45-feet in height. [Read more…] about Mohawk River Bridge Dams: Engineering Landmarks
Diana S. Waite’s new book The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History (Excelsior Editions, 2019) tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.
Located about 150 miles north of Manhattan, on the east bank of the Hudson River, the city of Troy, New York, was once an industrial giant.
It led the nation in iron production throughout much of the nineteenth century, and its factories turned out bells and cast-iron stoves that were sold the world over. Its population was both enterprising and civic-minded.
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In this episode of the podcast Someone Lived Here, Kendra Gaylord explores Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. The mansion was built by former New York City mayor William Pauling and designed by the architect Alexander Jackson Davis. It was then purchased by the Merritt family who doubled the size of the home by commissioning the same architect. Jay Gould purchased the home and upon his death, his daughter Helen and later his daughter Anna would take over the property. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Lyndhurst Mansion
The 2019 Madison County Hop Fest Tour on Sunday, September 15th, will feature exemplary architectural structures that demonstrate the four components of 19th century hop processing, as well as provide new sites of the county’s hop heritage.
Visitors will get to enter the hop houses, see the elements and tools, smell the hop aroma saved in the timbers, and hear the explanations of the processes. The tour will include many “windshield viewings” of other sites included in the 2006 Bicentennial Hop Heritage Trail and in the Cultural Resources Survey supported by a grant from the Preservation League of New York State in 2006. [Read more…] about A Tour of Madison County’s Hop Heritage
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation next Summer Stroll, Saratoga’s Historic West Side with neighborhood native George DeMers, is set for Sunday, August 25th at 10:30 am. This tour will look at the restored historic West Side, also known as Little Dublin, to learn about Saratoga’s Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape the history of this unique district. [Read more…] about Saratoga’s Historic West Side Summer Stroll
This episode of the podcast Someone Lived Here explores Sailors’ Snug Harbor on Staten Island, for more than a century a charity operated retirement home for sailors.
It was established from the estate of Robert Richard Randall, a noted sea captain, on 160 acres on Staten Island. About 1,000 seafarers lived here at its peak. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Sailors’ Snug Harbor, Staten Island
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is set to host the second of two special presentations on Broadway in the 1970s on Monday, August 19th at 7 pm at The Adelphi Hotel, 365 Broadway.
Carol Godette will present “Fruit of the Looms, Wranglers, & LPs: Broadway in 1976” which highlights Broadway in 1976 and the stores downtown that many still remember. [Read more…] about Broadway, Saratoga in the 1970s
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s next Summer Stroll, The Good Life, North Broadway with Samantha Bosshart, SSPF Executive Director, is set for Sunday, August 18th at 10:30 am.
Tour the famed corridor lined with grand Queen Annes built by Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and Senator Brackett. The tour meets at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street in front of Witt Construction, 563 North Broadway. [Read more…] about A Saratoga Summer Stroll Along North Broadway
In this episode of Someone Lived Here, Kendra Gaylord visits to the Lewis Latimer House in Queens, NY. Lewis Latimer was an inventor and electrical pioneer who shaped the history of objects we still use every day. He was African American, the son of escaped slaves, and also an artist and poet. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Lewis Latimer House in Queens
The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) has collaborated with Rob Hughes of Big Beams Timber Frames in Cohocton, NY, to offer an Intro to Timber Framing Workshop the week of July 22nd-26th. Sponsored by New Energy Works Timberframers, this five-day class will teach participants the steps to create a structure that will enhance the Creekside Center on the Museum campus. [Read more…] about Timber Framing Workshop at Finger Lakes Museum