"Yaun noted: “In 1870, Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh was the setting for a visit by Frederick Douglass who came to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights of 1870, which reinforced the right of African-American males to vote. As the County Historian, I am proud that Orange County has such a rich tradition of black history.”
Egbert Alsdorf served on the Newburgh school district’s Board of Education from 1862-65 and ran a successful shipping company. His family also founded the Alsdorf School of Music and Dance in the 1860s and it was in operation until the 1950s. Artist Horace Pippin, who lived in Goshen, had his artwork featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Pippin grew up
drawing pictures of scenes from Goshen’s Historic Track. He died in 1946 at age 58."
Weigant’s Tavern is one of those special buildings in Newburgh surrounded by history, mystery, and neglect. It might look like scrap wood to you, but this building is special with Weigant Family connections to the Revolutionary War. According to local historian Mary McTamaney, the original tavern was located at the north side of Broad Street just east of Liberty. The building was most likely moved during the 1930’s, and it is unlikely any of the original 18th-century building parts remain.
However, as Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun stated,”The structure was moved and repaired so we’ll never know how much of the configuration is original. But the care given to moving the structure in the 1930’s illustrates a chapter of Colonial Revivalism in the early 20th century. I think this story, especially in a city so rich with Revolutionary War connections, is important to remember. We weren’t only the place where Washington headquartered, we are also the place that pioneered the historic preservation of sites associated with the founding era. The tavern reminds us that if not for the local militias and committees of safety (the men who rose up from the community to take a stand against the monarchy), Washington’s army would not have come into existence. We can’t explain the success of the Army without telling the story of what happened in the colony’s taverns.”
New York’s Hudson Valley has become a hotspot for creatives looking to relocate in recent years, something that has affected different towns in different ways. Beacon is Bohemian and artsy; Hudson cosmopolitan and chic. One town, however, continues to belie description: Newburgh. For decades it’s been dealt a number of hardships, but there’s something undeniably intriguing, majestic, and lovable about the city that refuses to take a set shape or be pinned down.
Information on the NYS Historian's website provided by the Orange County Historian.
Yaun will discuss a popular topic in Orange County historical circles: "Why does the seal of Orange County feature an orange tree?"
She will also provide an update on the historian's renovated offices, collections at the 1841 Courthouse and SUNY Orange, and upcoming projects. A short question-and-answer session with Yaun will follow.
Forum part of celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun joined an impressive group of historic preservationists and national park representatives in a roundtable discussion on the next 100 years of preserving historical sites on national parklands on Monday, August 22 at the Bear Mountain Inn in Rockland County. Yaun’s invitation came from Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who were on a tour of National Parks. Lowey represents parts of Westchester County and all of Rockland County. The contingent for the forum also included Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Orange County Gets its Own Historical Drink
Will debut with unique recipe and local ingredients with start of Tavern Trail series
Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun has been elected to the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance’s Board of Directors.
Strategic Creativity, Planning, and Advocacy in the Digital Age
Book by Bruce W. Dearstyne
Quoted in Chapter 1, page 5
PORT JERVIS—It was one of those perfect summer evenings, when the breeze mingles with the scents of warmed flowers and grass, and the sun is angled low painting the sides of buildings with a soft glow. The historic Erie Hotel and Restaurant in Port Jervis was an inviting old girl, welcoming travelers of the Historic Tavern Trail of Orange County for a casual discussion on local history.
The hotel was bustling at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, with the antique bar crowded with end of day drinkers and chatting faces, while restaurant tables were quickly filling up. The Erie Hotel was built in 1880, when Port Jervis was a railway and industrial hub.