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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Historic Huguenot Street

Another of our outings on our recent trip to the east coast was to visit a small town located in Ulster County, Hudson Valley, New York....the historic town of New Paltz.

Huguenot Street, is a National Historic Landmark and the site of a collection of Colonial and early period stone houses owned and operated as historic house museums by the Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz, NY.
The Dubois House shown above was built in 1705 and was originally a fort....there are gun port holes at the end which you can see in the middle photo of the mosaic.

 
This is the Jean Hasbrouck house built in 1712... one of the old stone houses we toured....and some of the period furnishings inside.

 
 A shot of the downtown town area of New Paltz...Huguenot Street is off to the right
  
This village of  New Paltz was founded 1677 by 12 French Huguenot (protestant) families who fled political and religious persecution in Northern France.  
Louis DuBois, Mr. AVO's  10th great grandfather, settled in Kingston and was caught up in the Esopus Indian wars with the Dutch in 1663.  The Esopus Indians captured women and children as hostages and took them off to the south.  Louis' wife and 3 children were among those taken hostage.
Louis joined a party of the Dutch who were out to rescue the captives and it was then that Louis saw the area that is now New Paltz that he determined to establish a Huguenot settlement on that land.
Louis became the acknowledged leader  of the Huguenots and headed the party in the negotiations with the Esopus Indians for the purchase of the land.  The DuBois family made up one fourth of the patentees as 2 of his sons were among those purchasing this land.


 Monument at the entrance to Huguenot Street.


Louis DuBois' name at the top of the list of patentees and his sons are farther down on the list.

Louis' great grand daughter Elizabeth Van Meter Shepherd was the wife of the founder of Shepherdstown that I posted about here.

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16 comments:

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I love seeing these old buildings...thanks for the tour...Have a wonderful week!

Vee said...

So much interesting history in this country. I enjoyed taking this tour...now I'm going back to take a closer look at that second mosaic.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the tour and for sharing your wonderful photos. I lvoe the old stone houses and building. Wonderful mosaics, Have a great week!

Snap said...

The Hudson River Valley is such a gorgeous part of the country. I never have enough time to spend there. Really enjoyed this post of Historic Huguenot Street.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the tour and history lesson.
Have a great week.

Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing these historical buildings.

Dishesdone said...

Enjoyed the history and the photo's!

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful historical home mosaic! Have a nice week, Mary

Journey said...

I love history and old buildings pull at my heartstrings. Thanks for sharing.

GrandmaK said...

Though I have only driving through the Hudson Vally on the way to somewhere else I found it the most beautiful place to be. You pictures confirm that! Thank you! Cathy

EG Wow said...

Lovely shots and thank you for the bit of history.

Mary said...

*sigh* LOVE those beautiful old stone houses... and how wonderful to have such important family history! thanks for sharing at MM. :)

LDH said...

What an interesting post!!! I was never a history buff until I began doing family genealogy. Now I find it so interesting! Particularly reasons people emigrated and the hardships they endured. Great photos too!

myeuropeantouch said...

Fabulous History...Just noted the spelling of "Die Pfalz" which is German and is located in Hessen am Rhein in Germnay. Wonder if this is in any way intetrtwined with your history...
Sine I am German, I noticed...here is the link
http://www.mediaspec.com/castles/rhein/pfalz.html

Monika

Pondside said...

The Hudson Valley is an area I don't really know - too bad that when we lived in Kingston we never got much past Syracuse when we ventured south on day trips. What an interesting post!

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