Nestled in the ridges and valleys of the lower Hudson Valley, Woodbury was home to Quaker farmers before the Revolutionary War. As the country grew, railroads, and then cars, brought visitors to enjoy the town’s salubrious air, healthful food, and outdoor recreation. Carriage trade hotels, boardinghouses, and farms all hosted year-round vacationers. People as diverse as the first president of Cuba, Tomas Estrada Palma; New York governor Averell Harriman; and burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee all had homes in Woodbury. Once known as the home of the incomparable Leonard and Payne fishing rods, today the town is internationally recognized as the home of the Woodbury Common Outlet Center. In Woodbury, Orange County, early Central Valley, Highland Mills, and the hamlet of Woodbury Falls, which is no more, are seen again in vintage photographs.
About the Author
Sheila A. Conroy and Nancy S. Simpson, educators who share a lifelong interest in history, have written many articles about the local area. Sheila was a founding member of the Woodbury Historical Society and has served in town government. Both authors are volunteers in many Woodbury organizations. The photographs in this book were provided by longtime residents of Woodbury and the Woodbury Historical Society.
Table of Contents
1 Early Days 9
2 Bring the Servants 17
3 Boarders Pitch In 33
4 Central Valley Businesses 41
5 Highland Mills and Woodbury Falls Businesse 55
6 Health and Schools 69
7 Famous People 83
8 Community Life 93
9 Farewell to the Horse and Buggy 105
10 Changes Come to Woodbury 115
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