The Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 5th annual historic house tour will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the town of Marlborough, a region defined by sweeping vistas of the majestic Hudson River and the fertile orchard-crowned hills rising up to its west
Winding through the hamlets of Lattintown, Milton and Marlboro, each with its own distinctive character, this year’s tour focuses on the diverse forces that shaped the region’s rich and enduring cultural history, architectural traditions and agricultural heritage. The town’s rural roots are highlighted alongside its riverside communities and local industries from its earliest families and their role in the Revolution to generations of farmers and fruit-growers and the Hudson River’s role in their prosperity. Once a rural haven for artists and writers, the town is today enjoying a resurgence in fruit-growing, spurred by the farm to table movement, and is home as well to several important vineyards and wineries.
Featured are eight of the town’s finest private homes and farm complexes. Most have never before been open to the public. Among the 18th century houses are a frame dwelling believed to be the earliest in the region and a rare example of its type, and a charming, lovingly restored rural homestead of the same period. Several grand nineteenth-century river houses perched high above the Hudson, and their rural cousins in orchard country, reflect a range of vernacular styles from the Greek Revival and Italianate to the Picturesque movement of the Victorian era, inspired by A.J. Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing. Historic sites include Milton’s iconic train station, a fascinating and highly important early house museum, and a Gothic Revival Church by Upjohn. Four sites are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Marlborough region retains some of the most pastoral agrarian landscapes and scenic panoramas in Ulster County today. Of enduring significance, the farms and houses on the tour illustrate the important role that agricultural terrain plays in land conservation and historic preservation.
Registration will be held at the 1883 Milton on Hudson Train Station, a wonderful example of Marlborough’s dedication to preserving a symbol of the town’s agricultural and industrial history.
Tickets $40 / $35 by May 29 ($5 WVLT Member Discount)
Ticket pick-up Day of Tour 10:30am – 2:00pm:
Milton-On-Hudson Train Station, 41 Dock Road, Milton, NY 12547
Admission includes informal reception and tasting of local wines at a private home.
For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.WallkillValleyLT.org or call 845-255-2761.