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Path through History Blauvelt House Tours

Docent Emma Kempf
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TOUR THE JACOB BLAUVELT HOUSE ON SUNDAYS!

The architectural style, furnishings, and decorative elements of the Jacob Blauvelt House reflect those of a typical family of Rockland County and the Hudson Valley region in the first half of the nineteenth century. Members of the Blauvelt family lived in the house from its construction in 1832 until 1970, when it was given to the Historical Society. During their more than one hundred years living in the house, the Blauvelts made many changes to it; when the HSRC gained ownership, it was restored to its original period and furnished with Blauvelt family pieces, as well as Rockland County and Lower Hudson Valley pieces from the Society’s collection.

The Jacob Blauvelt House, a New York State “Paths through History” site, is open for guided tours at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm on Sundays from March 13 through November 5, 2016.  Group tours are also available by appointment.

The Jacob Blauvelt House, the Stony Point Battlefield and Tappan's DeWint House are Rockland County sites with “Path through History” designation. “The Path through History will highlight the rich history that exists in New York State by showcasing more than two hundred of our most significant sites and historic milestones,” Governor Cuomo said when the program was launched in 2012. The designation includes listing on the Path through History website (http://www.paththroughhistory.ny.gov), which provides an interactive trip-planning tool that connects historic sites statewide in a variety of ways. Overall, the initiative is “designed to raise the profile of New YorkState’s unparalleled network of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions,” according to the Governor’s Office. “Heritage tourism has a $5 billion impact on New York’s economy per year.”

Through the Path through History program, the Jacob Blauvelt House is marked with signs to direct visitors to the site. They are located at Exit 11 on the
Palisades Interstate Parkway, northbound and southbound, as well as within New City.

“We are proud to receive this important recognition,” says Clare Sheridan, past president of the Historical Society of Rockland County. “The Path through History Program is an important statewide initiative designed to draw attention to the vast amount of history throughout the
EmpireState. We hope that the addition of the Jacob Blauvelt House to this program will help raise awareness about the wealth of historic resources here in Rockland County.”

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The Hi
storical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to RocklandCounty. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit objects, buildings, and sites that reflect the history of RocklandCounty and the LowerHudsonValley and to research, document, promote, and publicize the county’s rich historical heritage for the people of Rockland. The HSRC’s headquarters at 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY, consist of a four-acre site featuring the 7,200 square foot HistoryCenter; the historic Jacob Blauvelt House; and the post-and-beam Historic Barn and Carriage House.

The HSRC is open Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 am–5 pm, and Sundays, 12–4 pm, exhibitions, events and programs. Library research and tours of the Jacob Blauvelt Ho
use are available by appointment by contacting (845) 634-9629. For additional information about HSRC, visit our website at www.RocklandHistory.org.


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