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Denning History Afternoon
October 22 @ 1:30 pm
Denning History Afternoon and Talk on Hardenbergh Patent
(In person only) Saturday, October 22, 1:30 p.m.
Time and the Valleys Museum
[Grahamsville, N.Y.] – Denning History Afternoon (in-person program) will be held Saturday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 (332 Main Street) Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY.
The Museum preserves rich collections from Claryville and the Town of Denning that bring life to the history of the Upper Neversink and Upper Rondout valleys. These collections, include records, photos, letters and more, will be open and available to visitors for research. Visitors are also encouraged to bring in their own Town of Denning history items to share.
The highlight of the afternoon is a presentation by Archivist and Trustee Lynn Priebe, The Great Hardenbergh Patent. The presentation will detail the origin of the Patent, colorful historical characters associated with it and the impact it has had on our region.
Issued in 1708 and covering two million acres of land in Ulster, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Delaware Counties, the Great Hardenbergh Patent influenced the history of the Catskill Mountain region in a number of ways. At that time it was common to grant land in large tracts to owners who promised to bring settlers. The patent owners were heroes and anti-heroes, shaping that history, and the Hardenberghs were no different. A Hardenbergh rescued precious state records during the American Revolution, a Hardenbergh was part of the early days of the Anti-Rent Wars, a Hardenbergh designed some of the most iconic buildings in New York City, and a Hardenbergh was instrumental in the creation of the Catskill Park. Explore this fascinating time in local history! Admission to the program is FREE and includes admission to the Museum exhibitions.
About the Time and the Valleys Museum: Connecting Water People and the Catskills, the Museum is currently open by appointment and during programs. Located at 332 Main Street in Grahamsville (St. Rt. 55), Sullivan County, admission for adults is a suggested donation of $5, children under 16 $2, and children under six are free.