CHHS Reopening Statement
The Century House Historical Society has reopened the Snyder Estate for socially distanced hiking and self-guided touring on August 1st, 2020. The open hours will be from 10AM to 6PM.
Self-guided tour brochures are available on the Entrance Kiosk. Thank you for bearing with us the past few months as we upgraded our signage, put up new fencing, and removed dangerous trees from the estate! The estate is free for Society members to visit, and a small donation is requested for others.
This year, we won’t be able to open the Rosendale Cement Museum for the general public as we used to. On Sundays, from 1-4PM, weather permitting, a CHHS docent will be outside the museum to tell the history of the cement district, and answer questions. One or more carriages may be brought out from the A.J. Snyder II carriage collection for viewing purposes.
The Widow Jane Mine will be open for individuals and small family groups, masked and with six feet of social distancing. As on the trails, please leave ample room and wait for others to enter and exit.
Based on advice given to the CHHS Board by the County and State, we sadly cannot have any events with audiences this year. The 50 person gathering limit and other restrictions would include performers and staff as well as the audience, and there would be extra duties for that staff, and the small size of the audience would not end up with much of a benefit for the performers or the Society, and so we are cancelling all live events in the Mine this year.
Regarding other uses of the Estate, such as independent filmmaking, photo shoots, music videos, parties, and other events, if they involve under 50 people, and carry their own liability insurance, they should be put to a vote for approval by the board. Send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other society projects, such as site maintenance and repairs, archive organization, and carriage research are being carried on in a cautious manner. We’d like to thank our members, partners, and sponsors for supporting us while our usual sources of income, tours and concerts, are not possible right now.
Regarding the behavior of visitors: if we see overcrowding, vandalism, and unhealthy behaviours onsite, we’ll have to close the site again as it was earlier this year.
Should county and state regulations ease up, pop up events may occur later in the year.
There also may be some Century House sponsored benefit events, possibly live streamed or recorded, or done with a limited audience elsewhere on the site.
Keep up with https://centuryhouse.org to find out about changes in our schedule, and the site’s availability.
Century House, Widow Jane Mine, and Snyder Estate
The CHHS recognizes that people wish to come to the Snyder Estate to get some fresh air and exercise.
Official federal, state, and local rules about public behavior are changing on an almost daily basis!
Please follow these rules to ensure that all visitors remain safe and healthy!
Please follow protocols put into place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, including “stay at home” restrictions and guidelines issued by the CDC.
- Maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet.
- Be mindful of distancing in the parking lot.
- Dog walkers: keep your dog on leash and close by.
- Please do not congregate! Leave space for others on the trails and access roads, and give notice if you hear people approaching.
- As always, carry in, carry out all your trash.
- Do not use and discard downed branches as walking sticks, or in general have unprotected contact with the site.
If at any time we feel there are too many groups on site, we may have to ask you to leave, or even close the main gates. Please respect these decisions!
Thank you, and we hope we can be able to provide more services later this year.
— CHHS Board of Trustees
For any questions, email email@example.com