My curiosity piqued, I decided to check out Big Onion Walking Tours. On its website, I discovered that Big Onion Walking Tours has been in existence since 1991, leading people on "innovative and exciting tours through New York's ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts." Among the tours offered are "Historic Harlem," "Upper East Side: A Clash of Titans," The Annual Easter Sunday Jewish Lower East Side Tour," "Brooklyn Distilled Walking Tour," and now, its first walking tour outside of New York City, "Historic Hudson."
Tours of Hudson are scheduled for every Saturday this spring and early summer, from May 4 through June 29, all beginning at 2:00 p.m. from the gazebo in Courthouse Square. Here's how the tour of Hudson is described:
Our walking tour will explore the diverse social history, architecture, and people of this Upstate urban center. Stops could include: Promenade Hill, Nantucket Houses, sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the most notorious Red Light district north of Times Square, and locations associated with Thomas Jefferson, Ma Brown, Charles Dickens, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Lieutenant William H. Allen, who was killed by pirates.Because I'm eager to know what sites in Hudson are associated with the Underground Railroad and how Ma Brown, Charles Dickens, and Legs Diamond are connected with Hudson, I've reserved a spot for myself on the first tour, happening two weeks from tomorrow.
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Thank you very much for sharing information about our new Historic Hudson walking tour! For a little background: Myself & another graduate student started the company in 1991, when we were doctoral candidates in US History (focusing on New York) at Columbia University. I stayed with the business rather than go into teaching. All our guides are active doctoral candidates or emerging scholars in history or a related field.
We are very much looking forward to sharing the amazing history of Hudson!
On a personal note, I am a "semi-local"...raised about an hour east in the Berkshires and have been a more-than-weekender in Greene County for about 15 years. Helped found a local historical society in Jewett as well.
I look forward to meeting you on May 4.