Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Levon Helm gave a free concert just 200 yards from our house this afternoon, at John Gill's farm. Although Levon's a local resident, it can be hard to get tickets to his "Midnight Rambles", so it was a wonderful surprise. Levon Helm is of course one of The Band and has had a prolific solo career - we both love his last album Dirt Farmer, which won a Grammy this year for Best Traditional Folk Album. Here he's playing The Weight, one of The Band's most famous songs. Here's a link to his website: http://www.levonhelm.com/index1.htm . We spoke to John Gill and he said he hoped to make this an annual event. This proves it, Hurley is obviously the place to be......
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Nadia Scoggins writes:
We've collected many artefacts from the attic, the cellar, and behind old walls, as we've renovated. This was lying in the dust in the attic, and has "A. Bogardus Photographer 18th St & Broadway, New York" written on it.
The house is believed to have been built by the Kool family. Subsequently the Myer family owned the house for many years. A Myer family bible handed to us by the last owners traces their ancestry back to Christian Myer, born 1688.
In another family bible, the last Myer to live here, Sarah Catherine Myer, is recorded as having been born in 1886. The death of Sarah Catherine Myer Clearwater is recorded as 1959, and her child Olive Myer Clearwater, born 1920, lived here for most of the last century. Olive never married, and bequeathed everything to the Palens. It is the Palens who gave us the family bibles and many other items that they felt "should stay with the house".
Was this Olive Clearwater's father? Or her grandfather? Her grandfather was apparently born in 1857, and if this was taken in the mid 1890s he would have been around 35, which looks about right.....
Our Bed and Breakfast borders the southern end of the Catskill State Park, which is a classic area for spectacular fall foliage displays, hiking and observing wildlife. Just a short drive down Route 209 is Minnewaska State Park, which is also fantastic in the fall.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Our garden fronts the Esopus Creek, which runs down from the Catskill Mountains to the Hudson River. We've explored a little of it in our kayak, and look forward to doing more when we have the time. Our house is perched high above the Creek, looking across the Esopus and the rich farm land beyond to the foothills of the Catskills. This area has been inhabited for a very long time..... When the garden of the house was excavated by an archaeological team from SUNY New Paltz they found artifacts from the Esopus Indians dating back to 2000 BCE.
We've just laid some Bluestone steps today (top picture) so that visitors can get safely down to the creek. The bottom picture shows the view across the creek as the Sun set this evening.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The interior walls of the house were originally covered with Lime plaster and whitewashed. Here we see Jurgen, of Old World Plaster http://www.oldworldplaster.net/ , preparing an upstairs wall and then flinging very wet Lime plaster onto it to form a rough base coat. We have to spray water onto this twice a day for the next few days, so that it dries slowly without cracking. I'll post some pictures next week as Jurgen goes through the next stages. We have tried to use old materials and methods where possible in all the work on the house. Lime plaster is great stuff, it actually removes CO2 from the air as it cures.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This is the oldest house in New York State that you will actually be able to stay in! Live the history, and explore the Mid-Hudson Valley from a location that has it all – we are 5 minutes from the Thruway and only 2 hours north of New York City, yet close to New Paltz, Woodstock, and Rhinebeck (we are minutes from the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge). Here you can visit the Fisher Center at Bard College, Roosevelt’s House in Hyde Park, or the Saugerties Lighthouse in only 20-30 minutes, whilst still having immediate access to both the Shawangunks and the Catskills. There is a wide choice of casual and fine dining both sides of the Hudson River.
Hurley itself is a National Historic Landmark. Its Main Street has the oldest concentration of stone house in the United States. There are many excellent museums in the local area, and many of the grander historic houses on the banks of the Hudson are within easy reach.
We hope to show some of the progress of the work on the house on this site as we count down towards opening ........