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Back to the Future?

  |   July 22, 2014  |  Comment

Time Travel Courtesy of the Kobal Collection

This past weekend, we heard a piece on NPR on time travel in literature, that began by asking: “Where would you go, if you had a time machine? Ancient Egypt? Tang Dynasty China? The Globe Theater, in 1599? Or maybe to the 25th century…”

That got us to wondering aloud, “where would we wander?” The only limitation we would put on ourselves as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz so aptly says, knowing that there’s No Place like Home in the Hudson Valley.

Would we go forwards or back? Would we decide based on knowing beforehand that we could be present in the past or future, but we could not change outcomes or bring anything back with us?

We thought we’d travel to the following places to start:

Kingston Stockade District, an eight-block area in the western section of Kingston, New York, commonly referred to as Uptown Kingston, and the first capitol of New York. It is one of three original Dutch settlements in New York with many historic buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY www.huguenotstreet.org A National Historic Landmark District in downtown New Paltz featuring 7 historic stone houses of families first settled in the Hudson Valley in 1678. Open 7 days a week.

Gomez Mill House, 11 Mill House Rd, Marlboro, NY www.gomez.org Oldest Jewish dwelling in North America (1714); home to Revolutionary patriots, gentleman farmers, artisans, and social activists.

Van Wyck Homestead Museum, 504 Rt. 9, Fishkill, NY www.fishkillhistoricalsociety.org The 1732 home was the Revolutionary War site of the Fishkill Supply Depot. Open Sat & Sun, June – October 1 pm – 4 pm. Revolutionary War Weekend September 20-21

West Point Museum, 2110 South Post Road, West Point, NY www.usma.edu/museum is the nation’s oldest federal and military museum whose roots can be traced to the Revolutionary War. Open daily. 10:30  – 4:15.

Locust Grove, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY www.lgny.org A 25-room Italianate mansion with original furnishing and 180-acres of landscaped gardens designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. Grounds open 8 am to dusk, guided tours: May – November 10 am – 5 pm.

Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY www.olana.org Persian-inspired home and 250-acre designed lands purchased by Hudson River artist Frederic Church in 1860. Landscape open year-round, 8 am to sunset . Call 518.828.0135 for house tour reservations.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Library and Museum, 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY  www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm and www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/The lifelong home of FDR. Visitors can see where FDR was born and his study as it looked when he died. The home and museum is open daily, 9 am to 6 pm

In Sticking with Present Day

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts, 1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY www.hvcca.org A non-profit institution dedicated to making art a vibrant part of the community by staging exhibitions, public programming and workshops.





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