Saugerties
history portal
2018
bus
tour
The Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission returns on May 19, 2018 with a bus tour stopping for interior visits at 3 stone houses.
This year see stone and other historic houses in the north half of Saugerties. The hamlets of Asbury, Saxton, and Blue Mountain all have stone houses built by Palatine, German, English, and Dutch settlers as they forged their way north from the Kingston Commons. Observe historic houses, hear their histories, and visit three that the owners have invited us in to see.

Interpretive history-context land study - Top - an early nineteenth century survey of the bounds of the Corporation of Kingston. Animation - Kingston Commons division into "classes" in Saugerties are moving from this survey to the shaded relief map. Above - image showing the terrain each lot in a class occupies. ...between these the name of each Class is displayed as its class moves.
May 19

is the date and there are two excursions, one at 9:00am and the other at 1:00pm each with a seating of 45. Tickets are limited and cost $20.00 (plus a service fee) and are available ONLY through Brown Paper Tickets. Note: This tour is strictly by bus reservation ONLY and only to historic houses in the northern half of Saugerties.

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the grand tour

Saugerties has always been a destination. From the time Native Americans first came into the land, to Henry Hudson and his fabled visit to our shores, to the 2nd Woodstock Festival, Saugerties has attracted visitors.

The town encompasses a scenic beauty spanning an area from the shores of the Hudson to the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, and yet a car can traverse the distance in under one hour.

On our bus tour of the northern quadrant of Saugerties, you will discover the historic connection with the Palatine immigrants of 1710 who started out establishing a community in West Camp and where the remains of the first stone house in Saugerties (Kocherthal/Eligh House), still stands.

Members of that original community started moving west, some reaching central NY and even northern Pennsylvania; however, some stayed to till the verdant soil in Saugerties. Those Palatines that stayed left their mark, most notably in the area that was in the nineteenth century known as Asbury.

In early 2018, the Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission started the process of designating the Asbury settlement as a historic rural landscape district, thereby recognizing the significance of this area.

This designation would include the Trumpbour Homestead - a National and State Historic Register landmark, several stone houses, two colonial road beds, a Methodist cemetery of national significance, and archaeological sites of lost settlement areas recorded on ancient surveys.

In addition to the Palatines, the influence of Dutch, English, and German settlers can be seen in their extant stone houses in the north quadrant. While there are many similarities in construction techniques of the various groups of settlers, there are also notable differences in building styles. In the three stone houses that have been made available for visits, tour participants will see for themselves the similarities and differences.