Annual Meeting 2014



Gomez House

Notice of Annual Meeting & Program

The Annual Meeting of

The Century House Historical Society will be held at:

The Rosendale Community Center  Route 32

Rosendale, New York

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014  1 pm

 

PROGRAM:  Gomez Mill House: Freedom, Tolerance & Opportunity

 

The Gomez Mill House in Marlboro is best known as the oldest Jewish dwelling still standing in North America.  Visitor Services Coordinator Richard Rosencrans will share much more about the site, where — beginning in 1714 — Luis Moises Gomez and his sons quarried limestone and milled timber for New York City, as well as traded with Native Americans.  Later inhabitants, who extended the original fieldstone structure into a handsome home, included Wolfert Acker, a Revolutionary War patriot leader, as well as gentleman-farmer William Henry Armstrong.  In the early twentieth-century, noted printer and papermaker, Dard Hunter built a quaint English-style mill on the property, after which feminist-activist-lawyer Martha Gruening attempted to run an integrated private school based on progressive principles.  The stories of all these individuals, and others, reflect the history of our region and our nation.  Rosencrans will share these stories and also the history of how the house has been interpreted over the years.

 

All Welcome!   Holiday Refreshments!  Penny Social Raffle!