Historical Society of Rockland County Celebrates “Rockland History Month”

Special events include a Fall Family Festival and an Historic Homes and Landmark Tour of Haverstraw

Bricktown Inn, Haverstraw

October is Rockland History Month, and to celebrate, The Historical Society of Rockland County is hosting several events.

On Sunday October 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the historical society is celebrarting the region’s best traditions at the “Fall Family Festival” on its grounds of the Jacob Blauvelt House at 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY.

Demonstrations of quilting, candle making, wool carding will be offered for attendees. Children can decorate a pumpkin, write with a quill pen, and create clothespin dolls, try stencil art and more! Nickel-O Farms will also be bringing a pony for children to ride from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Food will be available and music will be provided by “Ramapo Fault”, Rockland’s old-time string band.

Dikki Ellis will also be offering a classic old time circus performance with a new age twist. And be sure to visit our storyteller as she recounts the legend of Naut Kaniff, the last witch of West Nyack.

It’s also a great opportunity to step inside the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt farmhouse and learn about life in 19th century Rockland County. The house will be open for guided tours all afternoon.

Reservations are not required. Entry fees are $7 for adults and $3 for HSRC members, seniors and children aged 3 to 12. Children under age 3 are free. Parking is free. As this is an outdoor festival, in the event of rain, it will be cancelled.

Next, the Historical Society of Rockland County will continue its long tradition of presenting historical house tours. These tours, going back over 40 years, are fund-raising events for the society and promote awareness of local history.

Fall Family Festival, - 9 Pin Bowling

This year the tour will take place in the Village of Haverstraw, on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village historian Steven Cobb and mayor Michael Kohut have been working with the HSRC to plan a tour showcasing the village’s warmth and charm.

This year’s self-guided tour offers a look at historically significant buildings of Haverstraw (including 3 on the National Register of Historic Places) along side eclectic and charming residences.

Advance tickets are $35, and day of tickets are $40. To reserve tickets please visitt www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/267561 or call 1-800-838-3006.

Other History Month events include a bus trip through Ramapo and lunch with County Historian Craig Long on October 27.

In addition two informative and interesting exhibitions will be on view at the History Center located at 20 Zukor Road in New City. The first is Letchworth Village: The Village Years which commemorates the centennial of Letchworth Village through the photographic images of Margaret Bourke White.

The second is Rockland Voices, an exhibition made possible by Provident Bank Charitable Foundation, which tells the stories of interesting people, places and events in Rockland History using highlights from the historical society’s permanent collections. Both of these exhibitions will be on view through October 31, 2012.

For more information about all of the Rockland History Month events at The Historical Society of Rockland County, visit www.RocklandHistory.org or call 845-634-9629.