Green Kill Park
Today's tourist visitor to Rosendale may find overnight accommodations at a variety of locations. The visitor might stay at a modern motel, a large resort, a small lodge, old fashioned rooms to let at a inn or bed and breakfast, or a campground.
The Rosendale area has many of the charms of the Hudson Valley/Catskill Mountain region that attract visitors. But Rosendale had something somewhat different from the surrounding area. That something was the cement industry which was located adjacent the Rondout Creek and the Binnewater Lakes. During the 1880s and 90s (the years the cement industry was at its peak) railroad agents for the West Shore Railroad advised prospective visitors to keep their eyes open to see the spectacle of the glowing fires of the cement kilns along the railroads' rights of way while riding through the Rosendale region.
The industry itself had become a tourist attraction. The time of the peak production of natural cement was short lived. In the first decade of the 20th century Portland Cement began to outpace natural cement production and natural cement plants began to shut in the Rosendale Natural Cement Region. The Consolidated Rosendale Cement Company (CRC) had been formed in 1902 by the consolidation of some of the area's major companies. The CRC shut down some of its less profitable plants and put the land on the market. In 1910 they took about 150 acres of former cement property and developed a tourist resort. Instead of a large hotel, like the hotels in the Catskills, the CRC decided to develop what they called a Summer Colony: Green Kill Park; seventeen cottages with a combined total of 120 rooms and an Inn which could accommodate fifty guests.
The Park could accommodate over 300 guests. Green Kill Park was, for a period of time, one of Ulster County's better resorts, recommended by the County's moneyed elite. The Park was eventually sold to Father Devine.
The following text is from the little 4 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " 32-page booklet published by the Consolidated Rosendale Cement Company. The actual date of publication is not known. A set of post cards showing the same images as used in the booklet were also published by CRC. The cards date from the early 'teens and it would be safe to guess that the booklet was printed at the same time. Another post card showing one of the Green Kill Park buildings but showing a different image from the booklet was mailed November 17, 1914.
GREEN KILL PARK is a Summer Colony, located three miles from the historical City of Kingston, and is accessible by rail via the Wallkill Valley Railroad at Whiteport Station, which is about one and one-half miles distant; also by West Shore R.R., or Hudson River Day Line Boats at Kingston, N.Y., via steam yacht C.A. Shultz to Eddyville, about one mile from the Park; or by carriage or taxicab direct to the Park
The Park was first opened in 1910 and each succeeding year its popularity has warranted the expenditure of additional sums for its improvement and development, until now it comprises seventeen attractive and convenient Cottages and Bungalows, and also an Inn, which, with Annex, has accommodations for about fifty guests.
The Cottages are very attractively situated. Their large, airy rooms and broad, spacious verandas afford the occupants full opportunity to enjoy the benefit of the pure balmy air of this healthful region.
All of the Cottages are fitted with modern plumbing, bath, hot anetc. There is an attractive open fire place in the living room of each Cottage, also a good cellar for keeping vegetables and fruit.
The park comprises a tract of nearly one hundred and fifty acres of rolling land, green meadows and rugged hills, with abundant shade trees and groves of chestnut, pine and oak, among which many birds make their homes. A visitor at the Park recently, in a single day, saw and identified more than forty distinct varieties of our feathered friends.
A charming little stream called the Green Kill Brook, flowing through the Park with numerous little rapids and falls, has given the Park its name.
The picturesque Rondout River, a stream which is navigable for nearly a mile in either direction, flanks the Park on the east; and the Inn, as well as several Cottages, is built on a high bluff over-looking this beautiful stream and commands an extended view of the surrounding country.
The buildings are located from two hundred to twenty-five hundred feet apart, thus insuring privacy, while still being easy of access due to the many well-kept walks and roads, there being nearly five miles of these private ways throughout the park.
Green Kill is a spot favored by nature with unusual charm and beauty. Outlined by the distant peaks of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains, surrounded by wooded hill and green dale, nestled on the bank of a beautiful stream of water, the perspective landscape presents a diversity of scenic beauty rarely surpassed. The surrounding country in all directions also presents many attractions for the pedestrian as well as for driving and automobile parties, and is within an easy afternoon's trip by auto of the now famous and beautiful Ashokan Reservoir district.
The water used at the Park has been analyzed by a competent chemist and pronounced pure and wholesome. It is taken from springs and is forced to high points by tank and compressed air system.
Fresh vegetable, butter, milk and eggs may be had from nearby farmers, while groceries and provisions may be secured from merchants whose establishments are located about one mile distant and with whom arrangements can be made for delivery; also by auto delivery from stores in Kingston.
Boating, bathing, fishing and tennis are some of the sports which may be engaged in, and the Casino provides a comfortable and convenient place for indoor games, music and dancing. There is also an attractive and safe swimming pool for children.
A Rural Free Delivery Carrier calls at the Inn daily to deliver and pick up mail parcels; also there is a Post Office at Bloomington and at Eddyville, one mile distant in either direction. Protestant Reformed Churches are located at Bloomington and at St. Remy, on the opposite of the Rondout River from the Park. At Eddyville may be found both a Methodist and a Catholic place of worship. Religious services are held every Sunday evening in the Casino.
The aim and effort at Green Kill Park have always been to provide comfortable, wholesome, simple living; to attract those who appreciate its charming natural surroundings and the association with congenial people. It is a family resort. The spirit of the place is democratic and reasonable, rather indifferent to fashion and conventionality, yet discriminating against unsuitable introductions and detrimental innovations.
The Cottages may be rented by the month or for the season, furnished. Prices range from $100 to $150 per month and from $225 to $325 for the season. Following is a list of the cottages with their various appointments. All contain good cellars.
"The Maples" - 10 rooms and bath
Green Kill Inn is operated in connection with the colony of cottages and is well equipped for the entertainment of guests. In addition to being a delightful place to spend a fortnight or a month, it provides restaurant accommodations for cottagers desiring meals regularly or occasionally. It contains twenty rooms with an annex of seven rooms for guests, each with lavatory, hot and cold water, eight baths, large dining and living rooms, with double piazzas extending around three sides of the building. It is, and will be, conducted in a manner to appeal to refined taste, yet affording good service and plain, substantial table at moderate charges.
Fresh country produce used at the Inn is provided from a private farm operated in connection with the Park.
RATES: Room with board, $15.00 to $30.00 per week. Meals only for cottagers, $12.00 per week. Single meals for cottagers 75 cents; transients, $1.00
Row boats may be hired by the day or month.
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