Hurley, New York: A Brief History

Hurley, New York: A Brief History

by Deana Decker


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Since its earliest days as a Dutch colony, Hurley, New York, has undergone many transformations: it has been fought over by the Lenape tribe, commandeered by British settlers, and buffeted between Revolutionaries and Loyalists as a strategic stronghold in the Revolutionary War. Local historian Deana F. Decker explores this Hudson Valley town's history with a comprehensive assessment of its notable residents, such as Sojourner Truth, as well as its historical buildings, such as the Bevier House and Hurley Mountain Inn. From its roots as the dangerous Esopus frontier region to its industrial metamorphosis through bluestone harvesting and the Ashokan Reservoir, Hurley chronicles the remarkable story of this Upstate town.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596296992
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/06/2009
Pages: 141
Sales rank: 1,188,369
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Deana F. Dekcer grew up in Essex, Vermont and moved to Hurley in 1996. She has had a lifelong interest in history, and in November of 2007 was appointed Historian for the Town of Hurley. She graduated in 1993 from Norwich University with degrees in International Studies and French. In 1995, she received a degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College. Decker is a member of the Hurley Heritage Society and acts as a docent at their museum. She also volunteers with the Hurley Fire Department and at the Ernest C. Myer Elementary School. She is a member of the New York State Association of Public Historians. When not writing, Decker is busy raising her two children. She also enjoys scrapbooking, photography, reading, and outdoor activities.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Settling The 'Sopus 19

The First Esopus War 20

Treaty and Peace 23

Nieuw Dorp: The "New Village" 24

The Second Esopus War 29

The English Come 34

Early Houses of Hurley 40

Wagendale 51

More Early Settlers 52

Chapter 2 Hurley is Rebuilt and Grows 63

The Great Hardenburgh Patent 63

Hurley Houses 66

The Spy and the Apple Tree 75

Chapter 3 Developing The West: Bluestone Turns to Cement 93

Bluestone 93

The Delaware and Hudson Canal 95

Ice Harvesting 95

Ashton 96

Glenford 97

Old Hurley 99

Old West Hurley 107

Olive Branch 109

Rosendale 110

Chapter 4 Hurley in The Twentieth Century 113

The Ashokan Reservoir 113

Old Hurley 117

"New" West Hurley 119

Appendix. Names and Dates of People Buried in Old Hurley Burial Grounds 125

Notes 137

Bibliography 139

About the Author 143

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