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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.

Beekman Arms

Source: Berinie Fitchette’s Hudson Valley Recipe Book & Regional Commentaries; 1965

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

Beekman Arms 
The oldest hotel in America was started in 1700 and is located right here in Dutchess County in Rhinebeck, N. Y. In the beginning it was a one story stone building built to provide bed and board for the traveler and to serve as a shelter for local residents against Indian attacks. Notables have visited here from early days including General Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, DeWitt Clinton, Benedict Arnold and in later years, Franklin D. Roosevelt. It’s a pleasure to know that this historical landmark still serves the public every day of the year in the traditional manner of fine inn-keeping. You’re sure to enjoy their fine food and authentic atmosphere.

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 scant tsp. cinnamon
3 oz. butter
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk cup
3/4 cup apples, finely chopped
1/2 cup apple sauce cup
3/4 cup fruit glace mix

Sift dry ingredients together. Melt butter and combine with eggs and milk. Blend apples and fruit glace and stir all into dry mix. Scoop into muffin tins lined paper muffin cups. Bake at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes about two dozen muffins.