Past Events

History Meet-Up: Orangetown

2016 Orangetown Meet-Up Image

Join members of the Historical Society
of Rockland County and other fellow
history enthusiasts for

A Day of History in Orangetown

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (first stop, 10:30 am)

This is a meet-up announcement for history enthusiasts.

All are welcome. To join the group, just arrive at any (or all) of the stops at the designated time on September 24.

Stop #1:
10:30 am
Walk the NEW Clarke Rail Trail (Round-trip, Blauvelt to Orangeburg and back) Admission: $FREE

Park at the Blauvelt Library (
541 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913) and join us as we walk from Blauvelt to Orangeburg and back. Explore the extension of the brand-new Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail linking Western Highway in Blauvelt to the walking bridge over Route 303 at South Greenbush Road, Orangeburg. During the week of August 22, 2016, benches, a garbage receptacle and a two-sided kiosk were installed at the trail start. The Blauvelt Free Library was responsible for one side of the kiosk, which describes the history of the railroad and its relationship to the library. The walk is an easy to moderate 1.6 miles on a paved trail.

Stop #2: 12:15 pm Camp Shanks Museum, Orangeburg
Admission: $FREE (donations accepted)

Park in the parking lot behind Orangeburg Library
(South Greenbush Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962). We will have a guided tour of Camp Shanks Museum, which commemorates the military facility that served as the largest point of embarkation for soldiers headed for the front lines in North Africa and Europe during World War II, including the landing forces for the D-Day invasion. Opened in 1942, Camp Shanks contained 1,500 barracks, mess halls, theaters, a hospital, and other buildings where some 1.5 million G.I.s (approximately 40,000 a month) were issued combat equipment and underwent final inspections before shipping overseas. Most soldiers spent eight to twelve days at the self-supporting complex dubbed "Last Stop, U.S.A." Located in a simulated barracks, the museum contains artifacts and photographs that recount the history of Camp Shanks and describe the everyday life of male and female soldiers at the facility. A Wall of Honor lists servicemen and women who spent time there.

Stop #3: 1:30 pm Colonial Day in Tappan

Limited on-site and street parking at the DeWint House (Livingston and Oak Tree Roads, Tappan, NY 10983). Step back in time and visit Colonial America at the Tappantown Historical Society's 32nd Annual Colonial Day on the grounds of the Dewint House. Demonstrations and activities include apple pressing, stenciling, candle dipping, spinning, butter making, writing with a quill pen, making a mob cap, blacksmithith, woodworking, coopersmithing, singing, dancing, sheep shearing, quilting, embroidery and lacemaking, Refreshments Available  Free Admission   Limited On-Site and/or street parking

If you have questions or need further information, contact the HSRC at (845) 634-9629 or by email at


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