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Our Time at Foxhollow Farm

Our Time at Foxhollow Farm is a remarkable pictorial history of an eminent Hudson Valley family in the early decades of the twentieth century. Illustrated with the family’s extensive collection of personal albums compiled during the nascent years of photography, it provides a fascinating insight into the regional, social, and architectural history of the era. In 1903 Tracy Dows, the son of a successful grain merchant from Manhattan, married Alice Townsend Olin, whose Livingston forebears had settled in the Rhinebeck, New York, area in the late 1600s. Dows purchased and combined several existing farms to establish his estate, Foxhollow Farm, next to Alice’s ancestral home. He commissioned Harrie T. Lindeberg, a sought-after architect trained under Stanford White, to design the family home and other buildings on the property, and the Olmsted Brothers to landscape its rolling hills. The Dowses raised their three children on the estate, and led a busy social life of tennis tournaments, weddings, dinners, and dances with such friends and neighbors as the Roosevelts and the Astors. Tracy Dows devoted himself largely to the pursuit of agricultural and civic affairs at home and in the Rhinebeck community. Olin Dows, Tracy and Alice’s son, became a notable painter active in President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. Our Time at Foxhollow Farm follows the Dows family from 1903 through the 1930s, documenting their life at home, social activities, and travels in America and Europe. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, Tracy Dows took many of this book’s photographs himself, offering a vivid and warmly intimate perspective on privileged early twentieth-century American life.

Mt. Beacon on the Hudson

Beaconcrest

 
Source: Historic Wallkill and the Hudson River Valleys; 1912

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current. 

 

Mt. Beacon on the Hudson

This historic mountain is situated on the East bank of the Hudson River, 59 miles from New York City, and directly opposite Newburgh; it has been leased to the Mt. Beacon-on-the-Hudson hotel Company, who propose to make this one of the finest outing places in this country. They own and control some 800 acres of wild mountain land, including the Historic Mount Beacon.

The New Hotel Beaconcrest
on the summit of Mt. Beacon, has 75 guest chambers. The beautiful villages of Fishkill Landing and Matteawan nestle at the base of Mt. Beacon. Seven railroads are to be seen from its summit, the New York, the New Haven & Hartford. The New York Central, the West Shore, the Erie, the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut, the Ontario & Western and the Poughkeepsie & Eastern.

The Hudson River
is in view for 30 miles of its course, from the Highlands on the South with the broad expansion of Newburgh Bay, the city of Newburgh and the Shawangunk mountains in the West, while to the North can be seen the Poughkeepsie Bridge with the Catskill and Adirondack mountains beyond

The Steepest Incline in the World
leads up to the West spur of North Beacon; it is 2200 feet long with a vertical elevation of 1200 feet, it is run by electric power and is built for absolute safety. On the Eastern crest stands a monument erected by the
Daughters of the Revolution

to commemorate the burning of beacon fires during the occupation of New York by the British. From here Washington and his officers received signals on the movements of the enemy. The top of Mt. Beacon is laid out as a park with walks and summer houses, a
Large Casino
with a free dancing hall, dining-rooms and spacious balconies, a roof observatory which with
 Powerful Telescopes
 
And one of the largest searchlights with a thirty-six inch reflector, bringing to view the Hudson with its line of tow boats and brilliantly lighted night boats with their crowds of tourists. The vicinity of New York offers no more beautiful and healthful spot for a day’s or a week’s outing. None more instructive and inspiring to the patriotism of the young man than Mt. Beacon-on-the-Hudson. In addition to the above mentioned roads Mt. Beacon can be reached by the day line boats. The casino is being equipped by United Wireless Telegraph Co.

The Hudson Valley Defined

 

The Hudson Valley is collectively all areas along the Hudson River, starting with the northern point being Lake Champlain, and the most southern part being New York City. While the Hudson Valley can be defined by counties, cities and towns, districts, zip codes, and immeasurable other ways, the areas that make up the Hudson Valley are as diverse as the classifications the Hudson Valley can be grouped into. Rich with history and a natural beauty, the Hudson Valley can take you back in time, provide cultural experiences from all over the world, get back to nature, see modern innovations, and so much more. If you can think of it, you most likely can find it within the Hudson Valley.

In an effort to keep things simple, the Hudson Valley can be broken down into three regions: the Lower Hudson Valley (made up of Westchester County, Rockland County, and Putnam County); the Mid-Hudson Valley (made up of Dutchess County, Orange County, and Ulster County); and the Upper Hudson Valley and Capital District (made up of Columbia County, Greene County, Rensselaer County, and Albany County).