2018 Event Information
1 The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers will perform two concerts of Civil War period music at the 1799 House at 1 PM and 3 PM. This Windham, New York–based group is dedicated to preserving the songs, tunes, history, and spirit of the Civil War period, specifically the 1860s.
2 Visitors are invited to the Kevin Cook Gallery where they can purchase works of art created by local artist and Huguenot Street resident Kevin Cook.
3 The Ministers of Apollo and Early American Music and Arts, Erik Lichack and Eliza Vincz, are musicians, artists, and historians dedicated to bringing the late 18th century to life. They will be doing two 45-minute concerts in the Crispell Memorial French Church at noon at 2 PM. In addition, they will provide living history demonstrations on men’s and women’s fashion, hygiene and cosmetics, and popular pastimes of the 18th century including card reading, sewing, and music throughout the day.
4 Visitors can learn more about historic Hurley and its past by speaking with representatives from the Hurley Heritage Society who will be stationed outside of the Deyo House. Also stationed at this location will be volunteer and Hurley resident, Dan Zalewski, who will be playing music from his collection of early 20th-century gramophones and phonographs.
5 On the Deyo House lawn, visitors will find a petting zoo of local farm animals, presented by young members of the Ulster County 4-H Club and Patchwork Pasture Farm. This area is also where visitors may find some local craft vendors.
6 An American Revolution–era living-history encampment and reenactments with members of the 5th NY Regiment and the 1st Ulster County Militia will take place on the lawn across the street from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. Reenactors will demonstrate various aspects of Revolutionary War camp life, including cooking over a fire, musket ball molding, making fire with flint and steel, firing a musket, blacksmithing, wood carving, and more.
7 Bonney Hartley, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Bowler, Wisconsin, will be sharing information about the tribe, her community today, and their preservation work in their Hudson Valley homelands. Beadwork and books by tribal members will be for sale. The Wigwam will act as the start location for three nature walk opportunities, which will take visitors on a 40-minute tour of the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary. Teacher Justin Wexler, an ethnoecologist who specializes in folklore and land use among the native peoples of the Hudson Valley, will teach about what plants the Esopus Indians and their neighbors used in everyday life.
9 Quercus Cooperage will demonstrate barrel raising and talk to visitors about the history of the barrel industry in the Hudson Valley.
10 Hilary Surfer from the County Seat Caning will offer hands-on chair-caning demonstrations outside of the Bevier-Elting House. Hilary will demonstrate weaving techniques such as hole-to-hole and rush work, and will be inviting visitors to give it a try for themselves.
11 Inside the Bevier-Elting house, volunteer Margaret Malloy will present demonstrations on a reproduction counter-balance loom.
12 Culinary Historian, cooking teacher, and independent scholar Lavada Nahon will demonstrate cooking over a fire behind the Abraham Hasbrouck House and will talk to visitors about the life and culture of Africans enslaved in the region in the mid-18th century.
13 A WWII reenactor, Ching Wah Chin, from the U.S. Chinese Burma India Living History Association, will portray an officer from the Republic of China’s New 38th Division, which was a WWII central government infantry unit sent into Burma to fight alongside the British and Americans against Japan. This reenactment is taking place behind the Freer House.
14 Deyo Hall is open to visitors to check in and pick up tickets and learn about the family associations that support Historic Huguenot Street. New Paltz Rescue, Inc., will be on hand in emergency situations.
Parking and public transit
There will be no cost for Old New Paltz Stone House Day event visitors to ride the Ulster County Area Transit shuttle service from Ulster BOCES parking lot to the end of Broadhead Ave. The loop will run about every 30 to 35 minutes from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (with an hour break at 1 PM).
Parking is also available at nearby Moriello Pool and the New Paltz Community Center. Parking is limited, and HHS encourages visitors to use the Walkill Valley Rail Trail to walk to the site.