Friday, October 27, 2017

Celebrating Claverack's Dutch Heritage

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Reformed Dutch Church building in Claverack. The church itself is more than 300 years old, having been founded in 1716, but the building that exists today was built a half century later, in 1767.

To mark the occasion, the Claverack Historical Society is having a historic house tour on Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes seven houses, the newest of which was built in the same year as the church, 1767.

Van Rensselaer Lower Manor House, c. 1700

Van Ness House, c. 1730
Van Hoesen House, c. 1715
Ten Broeck House, c. 1750
Conyn-Van Rensselaer House, 1766
Cornelius S. Muller House, 1767
Tobias Van Deusen House, c. 1740

Tickets for the house tour are $40 and can be purchased at the church on the day of the tour.

On Saturday, November 4, there will also be free tours of the church building, led by church elders Glenn Holzhauer and Lloyd Lawrence, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and tours of the church graveyard, led by Sal Cozzolino and Ted Hilscher, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Ian Nitschke


  1. Congratulations on your appointment, Carol.
    I't good to know someone with a true interest in historic preservation is on the committee.

    1. Thank you, Pewtetra and Vincent! I've been wanting to be appointed to the HPC for fourteen years, and I'm so thrilled that it's finally happened!!!

  2. Thanks Carole for posting this.

    Although the newly formed Claverack Historical Society has been involved in the 2017 Claverack Historic House Tour from the start, the sponsor of the tour is technically Claverack Pathways – Shaw Bridge, a project of the Open Space Institute, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sec. 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, formed to help raise money to match a grant from New York State to restore the world-famous historic Claverack Shaw Bridge. With Open Space Institute as fiscal sponsor, contributions can be tax-deductible and Open Space Institute can provide event insurance.

    About the Shaw Bridge: Built in 1870 for horses and carriages and later used by motorized vehicles, Shaw Bridge will be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge when restored. The long neglected, now closed, Shaw Bridge is the best example of a Whipple Bowstring Truss bridge (patented in 1841) the first truss bridge design in the world that used scientific principles, by Squire Whipple, who published these principles (1847) in a book: A Work on Bridge Building. Designed for the Enlarged Erie Canal (1836-1862), hundreds were built for the canal and many others were built over waterways. The Shaw Bridge is one of only eight of the vintage Whipple Bowstring Truss bridges left, the lone one in its original location and the only double span.

  3. What did I miss? Carole is appointed to the HPC? I read the above twice and missed that. Should I read it thrice?

  4. Okay, it was the previous entry. C'mon guys, get with the program. But Congrats, Carole. Do you have a Gossips stand-in to report on HPC meetings? --p

  5. The first comment (Pewtetra's) was accidentally made to the wrong post. You need to look at the post that preceded this one, "News of the Historic Preservation Commission"