On Saturday, May 12, (torrential rain date May 13), from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to step into the past and take a self-guided tour of several historic sites in the geographic area known as Flatbush. During this year's historic house tour, participants will travel the length of Flatbush, from Glasco in the Town of Saugerties to East Kingston in the Town of Ulster, as they visit houses, barns, and a stone church in addition to experiencing a spectacular view of the Hudson River.
A highlight of the tour is the Benjamin Ten Broeck house, built from 1751-1770. This is a well-preserved example of a stone house whose architecture is not only Dutch but has stylistic touches distinctive to UlsterCounty as well. The rest of the sites, some with interesting settings, will be revealed on the day of the tour.
An information-packed brochure will provide accurate and informative route descriptions as well as detailed architectural and historical information.
Advance tickets are available from April 14-May 9 at $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Smith Hardware and at the Hudson Valley Dessert Company (on Main Street in Saugerties), until May 9th orby mail (until May 4th) with checks made out to Town of Saugerties HPC, and mailed to: Historic House Tour, SaugertiesTown Hall, Saugerties, NY12477.
Day of tour $25.00 tickets are sold from 11-2 at the QuickChek station (3048 R. 9W near the intersection of Rt. 9W and Rt. 32)
For more information, call 845-246-2800 x 470 or visit http://www.historichousetour.com
The Saugerties Historic House Tour is another fine example of cooperation between a town and its residents. The mission of the Tour’s sponsor, the Town of Saugerties Historic Preservation Commission, is the protection, enhancement, and promotion of landmark structures. For the tour’s homeowners, who have graciously consented to allow visitors on their properties, the benefit is that more people will see and appreciate the beauty and historical value of these local treasures.