A.J. Downing's Newburgh

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Length: Under 2 Miles, Time: 90 minutes                 Cost $10 per person

Tour the Montgomery, Grand and Liberty Streets section of the historic district and learn about the architects who defined American tastes and style in the 19th century. Works by the following notable architects will be viewed: 

  • Andrew Jackson Downing
  • Thomas Shaw & Sons
  • Andrew Jackson Davis
  • Thornton M. Niven
  • Calvert Vaux
  • Frederick Clarke Withers
  • Frank E. Estabrook
  • Stanford White

Newburgh in the 60’s

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Length: Under 2 Miles, Time: 90 minutes            Cost $10 per person

How did the newspaper headlines change from praising Newburgh as the “All-American City” in 1952 to asking “Will the Last Person to Leave Newburgh Please Turn Out the Lights?” in 1975? Tour downtown Newburgh to learn about the economic and social factors that affected the city in the 20th century. Discussion will include:

  • The Battle of Newburgh NBC White Paper
  • The loss of industry in inner cities
  • Transportation changes
  • Urban Renewal Agency
  • Preservation of Storm King and the “5 Bricks”

In Washington’s Shadow

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Length: .5 Miles, Time: 60 minutes                          Cost $10 per person

Follow the story of the Alsdorf family along Washington Street, starting with George Alsdorf, who was a slave until he was freed in 1827. After gaining his freedom, Alsdorf and his family opened a series of businesses in the city, and also aided runaway slaves as superintendents in the Underground Railroad. Discussion will include: 

  • The AME Zion Church
  • The Alsdorf family
  • The Colored School
  • Frederick Douglass and the 15th Amendment

House Tour: The Cyclone of Orange County

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Length: .5 Miles, Time: 60 minutes                         Cost $5 per person (students $2) Proceeds benefit the Fullerton Cultural Center's Book Exchange

Tour the 1868 home of Judge William Fullerton and learn about how he became known as the “Great American Cross-Examiner.”  The story includes an important watershed event in the history of U.S. mass media when the verbal jousting between Fullerton and religious figure Henry Ward Beecher was covered from coast to coast.  The scandalous adultery trial captivated the American public and established Fullerton's reputation in the courtroom. Other residents of the home are also discussed including Fullerton's son Willie, who was a popular figure in London's theatrical and music scene in the 1880's. Location: Fullerton Cultural Center, 297 Grand Street


Roots of Patriotism

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Length: TBA, Time: TBA

A little known history of Newburgh’s pre-Revolutionary War years is the religious strife between the Anglicans and Presbyterians as they vied for control of the glebe land. Learn about how this fracture widened when Washington’s army arrived in Newburgh.

Debuting soon, dates TBA