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BUS: New Paltz & Hurley: 17th & 18th Century Stone Houses  
Celebrate the histories of some of New York State’s magnificent historic 17th and 18th century stone houses. First, we’ll travel by bus up the Hudson River to New Paltz to visit the Historic Huguenot Street National Landmark District. This community boasts of seven intact early 18th century stone houses built by Huguenot settlers fleeing discrimination and religious persecution in France and what Is now southern Belgium. After negotiating with the Esopus Indians, this small group of Huguenots settled on a flat rise on the banks of the Wallkill River in 1678. The settlers named the site in honor of Die Pfalz, the region of present-day Germany that had provided them temporary refuge before they came to America.

We’ll take a privately guided tour of Huguenot Street to view and examine the seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, archaeological sites, and a burial ground that dates to the very first European settlers. (For those who seek “little bits,” the adjacent Wallkill River is named for the “Rivier Waal” in the Netherlands. In Middle Dutch, “Kille,” refers to a waterway; hence, the names Peekskill, Fishkill, Plattekill, and Wallkill. The name of Eleanor Roosevelt’s private getaway, Val-Kill, is derived from the Dutch pronunciation of “Wall Kille.”)

After touring these delightful stone houses, maintained as a living museum, we’ll travel north to the town of Hurley, New York to visit another collection of stone houses built from 1685–1786. For lunch, we’ll stop for homemade food at Schadewald Hall at the Hurley Reformed Church – the organizers of the Hurley Stone House Tour. There will be an array of homemade luncheon options from which to choose and items to purchase and take home with you.

After luncheon, stroll the streets of this quaint village at your own pace as you tour a selection of 300-year-old privately owned stone houses – opened only one day a year to the public. Discover the historical background of these remarkable houses and even hear a tale or two told by Colonial-clad guides. Tour the houses on Main Street (limited to pedestrian traffic) and the houses accessible via a free shuttle bus at your own pace.

Spend some time at a militia re-enactor’s campsite; sit and listen to an organ recital or be entertained by the Colonial period instrumental ensemble; enjoy a performance about Sojourner Truth, the African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist; visit a cross-stitch crafter or a working blacksmith; browse the two antique shops, the Hurley Historical Society Museum, the Hurley library book sale, and the Ulster County Genealogical Society. The tradition of opening the homes has been observed for over 60 years! Come discover the history, beauties, and charms of early Colonial history in the Hudson River Valley

Guided tour of Huguenot Street Houses at about 10:00 AM.
Lunch “on your own” in Hurley at Schadewald Hall with specially prepared food items at the Hurley Reformed Church.
Free access in afternoon to visit some or all of the houses – your choice. For some houses, there may be free shuttle buses.

There will probably be a few steps at these houses. Otherwise, the tour will be essentially flat walking.

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Date: Saturday July 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM  to approximately 6:30 PM
Cost: $115 Advance | $135 on-site, if available
Meet: 7:45 AM at Hotel Waldorf=Astoria. Bus generally parks on East 49th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues
Train: 6 Train to 51st Street (at Lexington Avenue)
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