GCHS 40th Annual Tour of Homes
Headquarters: Bronck Museum
Saturday, June 4, 2016
10am - 4pm
Explore Coxsackie from the river to the hills on Saturday, June 4 with the Greene County Historical Society’s 40th annual Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s tour focuses on the Town of Coxsackie where the first tour of homes took place in 1976. Tour sites span a full range of settlement from village to farmstead and river to valley. Take a trip through time. Visit homes built in the 17th and 18th centuries then zoom ahead to a contemporary with panoramic river views.
Many sites are new to the tour, while several were featured nine years ago when the tour was last held in this area. They include the 1663 Bronck House, believed to be the oldest surviving house in the Hudson Valley; a New England saltbox style home built around 1805 and now under extensive restoration; a Dutch stone house built in 1725; a Federal style brick farmhouse built in the 1790s; a small Greek Revival farmhouse circa 1835; a Norman style church built in the early 1900s; a riverside home with gardens originally built in the 1700s and enlarged in the early 1800s; a contemporary timber frame home built in 2003 on the site of a historic riverside homestead; a Victorian home on a bluff above the Hudson with expansive views of both the Catskills and the Bershires; a three story Second Empire Victorian home built in 1846; and a stone farmhouse built in 1794 that is still part of a working farm.
On this day only, through the graciousness of owners who have painstakingly restored and maintained their historic homes and the hard work of the Society’s volunteers, tour goers are invited inside to enjoy all 11 sites.
Tour headquarters will be at the Society’s Bronck Museum grounds located on County Route 42 off Rt. 9W. Off street parking is available. Picnic lunches will be for sale as long as they last at the historic United Methodist Church of Coxsackie on Mansion Street in the village. The Greene County Historical Society will hold a raffle at headquarters and copies of “Historic Places in Greene County” as well as other local interest publications will be on sale. The tour will be held rain or shine.
Tickets are $25 the day of the tour; $20 in advance. This is a driving tour. Car pooling is encouraged as some sites have limited parking. Participants will receive a packet of material about the sites along with a marked route map.
To reserve advance sale tickets, send a check payable to GCHS to: Greene County Historical Society, P.O. Box 44, Coxsackie, NY 12051. Advance sale ticket reservations must be received by June 2. The tickets will be available with your tour packet at the Bronck Homestead on June 4.
This is the Greene County Historical Society’s major fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of tour tickets support the Society, the Bronck House Museum and the Vedder Research Library. For more information, call Terez Limer at 966-8131 or David Dorpfeld at 817-8771; or visit www.gchistory.org.
This stone farmhouse, built in 1794, is one of 11 sites open to the public for the Greene County Historical Society's 40th Annual Tour of Homes in Coxsackie on June 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house is part of a working farm owned by artisanal cheese makers who will have samples available for tour visitors. Tour tickets are $25 and are available at tour headquarters: The Bronck Museum on Co. Rt. 42 in Coxsackie starting at 10 a.m. the day of the tour.