Nine Partners Meeting House and Boarding School

Church Street and Route 343, Millbrook The Nine Partners Meeting House was built in 1745.  Quakers in the area had been meeting in each others’ homes for some years prior. In 1796, the New York Yearly Meeting, a central organizing body of Quakers in New York State, established a committee to open a boarding and… Continue reading Nine Partners Meeting House and Boarding School

Park Street AME Zion Church

1220 Park Street, Peekskill Built by formerly enslaved persons in 1852, the Park Street American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church was part of the Underground Railroad. At the time of the church’s construction, New York State was nearing a quarter century of abolition. However, the United States as a whole would not follow suit for… Continue reading Park Street AME Zion Church

The Alsdorf Family Homes

Washington Street, between Mill Street and William Street, Newburgh In the mid-nineteenth century, the Alsdorf family homes were important safe houses on the Underground Railroad. Many people escaping slavery through the Underground Railroad (a network of covert routes and safe houses) passed through the Hudson Valley on their journey northward. Those who did often went… Continue reading The Alsdorf Family Homes