Fill ‘Er Up

April 20, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
This abandoned Gulf gas station can be found alongside a busy county highway in the central Catskills. I have driven past the station many times, but only recently decided to stop and photograph. It is not exactly clear when the station was abandoned, but it nonetheless has a few interesting elements that have stood still with time, such as the sta...
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Early Morning on the Esopus

April 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Esopus Creek is one of the great waterways of the Catskills. Rising from its source at Winnisook Lake on the northwest slopes of Slide Mountain, the creek scenically flows through Ulster County as it makes its way to the Hudson River at Saugerties. The creek is impounded at Olive Bridge to create the Ashokan Reservoir, an important water source...
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1817 Schoolhouse, Ashokan Center

April 06, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The 1817 Stone Schoolhouse, a one-story, two-bay by two-bay stone building with a gable roof, is located on the property of the Ashokan Center. It was constructed in 1817 and operated as a school for the Shokan district from 1817 to 1842, after which it functioned as a cooper shop and a dwelling. It had been abandoned for most of the 20th century w...
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Winchell’s Inn, Ashokan Center

March 30, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Winchell’s Inn, also known as the Winchell – Moehring House, was constructed in 1785, and reputedly includes the stone foundation of the early 18th-century dwelling of Jacobus Bush, the first landowner. The inn takes its name from Lemuel Winchell and the Winchell family who managed the lands along the Esopus Creek from 1785 to 1857. Lemuel Winchell...
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Father John Nelson, Memento Mori

March 23, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
“I didn’t plan on any of this. In fact, I had a lot of other plans. But then I heard the word of God, and after that... your other plans become your other plans.” – Father John Nelson In the fall of 2014, I found myself in the village of Woodstock to photograph the Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount, a simple, but pictur...
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Woodstock Artists Cemetery: A Photographic Study

March 16, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Encircled by the everlasting hills They rest here who added to the beauty of the world By art, creative thought and by life itself. - Dr. James T. Shotwell Woodstock’s reverence for artists and their craft is not limited to the living, as the Woodstock Artists Cemetery pays eternal homage to local residents who have made their mark on...
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John Kenneth Corbin: The First Aerial Photographs of Stamford, New York

March 09, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
John Kenneth Corbin was born on September 5, 1902, the son of William and Mary Cowley Corbin. He was born in Stamford and graduated from the local high school. After high school he worked at the local railroad station for two years, before joining the National Bank of Stamford in 1923. He worked at the bank for over 40 years, from 1923 to his retir...
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Crispell Memorial French Church and Burying Ground

March 02, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Crispell Memorial French Church, to the surprise of many, is actually a 1972 reconstructed interpretation of the first 1717 stone church in New Paltz. The original church, which was also used as a school, served the early settlement for 56 years when a larger church was built to accommodate the growing congregation. The church is named for Anto...
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The Rondout Effect

February 24, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Rondout Effect, located at the Riverport Wooden Boat School in Kingston, New York, is an impressive mural depicting scenes typical of the Rondout District including boating, the Rondout Lighthouse, and the buildings of the Strand. The mural was created in conjunction with the 2017 and 8th annual O+ festival. It is the first O+ mural in the down...
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Heading to Kingston Point

February 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The non-profit Trolley Museum of New York, located in the Rondout waterfront section of Kingston, has on display trolley cars from around the world. Visitors can also hop on to take a 1 ½ mile trolley ride with stops at T. R. Gallo Park and out to Kingston Point, all while taking in great views of the Hudson River and the Rondout Lighthouse. Tro...
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The Statues of Academy Green, Kingston, New York

February 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Academy Green holds a distinguished place in Kingston’s history. Governor Peter Stuyvesant negotiated a peace treaty here in 1660 between early settlers and the local Esopus Indians. Ulster County troops drilled on the site prior to entering the Civil War. From 1830 to 1916, Academy Green was the site of the Kingston Academy, the oldest preparatory...
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Billy Costello: The Pride of Kingston

February 03, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Billy Costello (1956-2011) was a native of Kingston, New York who became a boxing world champion. Costello took up boxing at the relatively late age of 19, but showed quickly that he was a natural fighter. He won the New York Golden Gloves championship in 1978 and turned professional a year later, winning his first 30 fights. In 1984 Costello becam...
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January 27, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Standing in the southeast corner of the Old Dutch Church cemetery in Kingston, New York, the 16-foot bronze war monument entitled “Patriotism” commemorates the soldiers of the 120th New York State Infantry and their military service during the Civil War. The 120th New York Infantry unit was led by General George H. Sharpe (1828-1900), a prominent m...
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Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz

January 20, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Staff Sergeant Robert Dietz (1921-1945) was a Kingston native, soldier in the United States Army and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor. Dietz served as a squad leader in Company A, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division during World War II. During the battle for Kirchain,...
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Battle Cross

January 13, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Ulster County War Memorial, located in front of the Ulster County Office Building in uptown Kingston, pays testament to the 1,307 Ulster County citizens that have lost their lives defending our country. In the center of the monument stands a time-honored military sculpture known as the Battle Cross, consisting of a soldier’s combat boots, their...
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