GHS Archives

GHS Archives

WANTED HISTORY BUFFS! Interested in the Greenport elementary school in the 1950’s, WWI groups and veterans in Columbia County, local manufacturing, or 19th century historical homes and town government? Work on the Collection awaits your enthusiasm. Always wanted to use your library skills? There is a drawer of books waiting to be catalogued and stored. The new acid free storage supplies are in. Help get a piece of glass fixed on a display case. Help save Greenport’s history!!

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September 20th Program

The Greenport Historical Society’s September program, Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm, will be a presentation by Daria Merwin titled, Revealing the Hidden Past at the Kinderhook Persons of Color Cemetery.

In late 2017, a team of archaeologists from the New York State Museum conducted a survey at the Kinderhook Persons of Color Cemetery, using non-destructive imaging techniques. The goal of the survey was to estimate the boundaries and, if possible, number of unmarked graves at the site. The cemetery was established around 1816 and an account written a century later suggests it was used by members of Kinderhook’s African-American community until “every available inch was taken up,” though today only a small number of gravestones are standing. The archaeological survey employed ground-penetrating radar and magnetic susceptibility technology to detect any “anomalies” beneath the ground surface that could represent grave shafts, coffins or human remains. Preliminary results from the archaeological survey will be presented, along with a discuss of the cemetery’s role in chronicling an under-represented aspect of Kinderhook’s history.

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Legend of Spook Rock

Legend of Spook Rock

As with most legends and folklore, there are many versions that have been handed down and The Legend of Spook Rock is no different. There are so many different ones, but one of the most romantic comes from “The Parsonage Between Two Manors” written by Elizabeth L. Gebhard in 1909 and printed by the Bryan Publishing Company in Hudson.

In early days it was the “custom of tolling the (church} bell at the passing of a life, or the hour of burial ….

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