Columbia County Historical Society

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Four Historic Properties and 40 bucolic acres: Collecting, Preserving and presenting Columbia County Culture & Heritage.

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Forty Acres of Columbia County Landscape--Your Choice of Village or Rural Bliss !

The Columbia County Historical Society includes four distinctive properties: an 18th c Dutch Colonial Farmhouse, Museum & Library with two galleries of changing exhibitions, a research library and reading room, manuscript storage, collection storage and administrative offices.

The c.1819 James Vanderpoel House - Built during the Federal era as the home of prominent lawyer and politician, James Vanderpoel and his family, the property is now an exhibit space featuring galleries of paintings and decorative arts from the CCHS permanent collection.

The c.1737 Luykas Van Alen House - Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967, the Luykas Van Alen house is a restored house museum representing 18th century rural Dutch farm life in the Hudson River Valley. Called “ of the most authentic examples of early Dutch architecture remaining in the United States.” by then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.

The c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse - Served as a local single-room public school into the 1940s. Recently awarded a 'Legends & Lore' marker by the New York Folklore Society & William G. Pomeroy Foundation honoring Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" character, 'Ichabod Crane', who was patterned after the original Kinderhook Schoolteacher, Jesse Merwin--hence the schoolhouse name.

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