Links to Old North Rockland

 

Links to people, places, and stories long forgotten.

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Eckersons Field

For over sixty years, ending in the condemnation of the property and construction of the Haverstraw Central School in 1936, the Circus field and later Eckersons field was the home to almost every outdoor sport and community activity in the Village of Haverstraw.

By the end of the 1870’s, the inland clay pits of Derbyshire, BJ Allison, Eckerson, and Archer were tapped out, some of the pits becoming local garbage dumps. At the same time, the Eckerson Estate was in probate, tenants on their holdings were being evicted, and many of the smaller parcels were going to tax auction.

The largest parcel, that north east of the Erie yard, remained vacant for so long the community just squatted on the land and built their field of dreams. There are several parcels in the Village that were acquired by the community over the years this way, the brickyards long gone and the property in bad condition. Often right of ways or easements were granted just to clean up the mess.

 

Eckersons was the home field of the Haverstraw High School and in it’s day, was a top notch ball park. It was maintained by a loose organization of local baseball clubs, who along with the Elks Club, the Knights of Columbus, and later the Sons of Italy, were to build and maintain fences, gates, and a grandstand that could seat 500.

 

A shot from Headin’ Home. The Definitive Story being told here by Tom Scheiber.

The front gate and ticket booth were at the western end of Lincoln Street, the grandstand facing north, towards St. Peters School. Center field was around Horans store and Partition Street was out of the park.

Home to almost every circus, carnival, and fireworks show held in the village, the field was booked years in advance with top notch entertainments. Only a block from the Erie station, the circus train would unload and set up in a matter of hours, with hundreds of spectators getting a free show.


The Fourth of July, Columbus Day, Labor Day, and Washington’s Birthday were booked by the clubs for carnivals, fairs, and parades. Fireworks were a regular attraction all summer long, the railroad bringing thousands of people regularly to the shows.

 

Jones Point: 100 years ago

Laying at the foot of Dunderburg Mountain just north of Tomkins Cove was a very popular river landing first settled in 1791 by Joshua Cholwills. Later called Coldwells and then Caldwells Landing, what we call Jones Point was the ‘last place to tie up’ before the Highlands.  Later the West Shore and then Route 9W passed through the heart of Jones Point on the way to Bear Mountain and points north.

By late in the 19th century most of Jones Point was developed. Brick yards, sand pits, stone quarry’s, an asphalt plant, and a potash mill were all served by the West Shore RR and the deep water docks of Jones Point. Churches, shops, and saloons vied for space on the riverfront with brick barges, sloops, and fishing boats as generations of families lived and worked here. Often in the newspapers, Jones Point had its share of explosions and derailments.

During World War One, The Jones Point Chemical Weapons Research Laboratory conducted projects on liquid propellants, incendiary compounds, and the chemical weapons phosgene and mustard gas, the story being told by Theo Emery.

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In 1946 the Ghost Fleet was moved off Jones Point. Here the anchorage remained until the last two ships were towed away on July 8, 1971, to be sold for scrap to Spain.

The Fed’s were sued in federal court by Mrs. Scozzafava, a restaurant owner at Jones Point for many years. She claimed the ships were anchored on what she called her “front lawn” because she owned up to 250 feet out into the river.

                    

She also claimed the ships obstructed her view of the river itself. Most riverfront properties in North Rockland have large riparian rights that were fiercely defended over the years.

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Today, Jones Point is a residential neighborhood. A small memorial for the Reserve Fleet is on the flats 10 feet from the CSX mainline, and there isn’t a single commercial establishment left in the hamlet.

Mistaken Identity: The White House

 

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William Smith and later his children had extensive holdings in Haverstraw dating from February 1734. The family owned the ridge now known as Treason Hill down to the narrow passage where the County Park is today. The manor house was known as The White House, built by Loyalist son William in 1774 and used often before hostilities.

William left Haverstraw in 1776 for Albany and never returned to live, the house being generally vacant for the duration. This is the house in which Benedict Arnold and Major John André planned their conspiracies, it being available to his brother the scoundrel Joshua Hett Smith in September 1780. No image of the White House has ever been found yet is often mentioned in correspondence of the day.

Smiths

Just north was the home of brother Thomas Smith, who owned and occupied it during most of the hostilities, practicing law and teaching law students including Aaron Burr.  This is the house that was torn down in 1929 forever being misidentified as the Treason House.

Thomas Smith House

Just below were the home and farm buildings occupied by William Smith‘s sister Martha Smith Hay and her husband Colonel A Hawkes Hay. Twice her home and farm were burned by the British, payback for Colonel Hay’s rebellious nature.

The property and landing ran from now 9w to just north of the iron bridge over the Minisceongo Creek. The Hay’s used the White House several times during the war when they were burned out, and occupied it full time soon after the capture and trial of John Andre.

Marker Across from Treason Hill

The White House was Washington’s Headquarters twice during the war and was Hay’s Orange County Milita HQ when in residence. After the war, the Smith Family would petition the State and new Federal government for reparations following the confiscation of their property, and much of the family would emmigrate to South Carolina at the turn of the century. Colonel A. Hawkes Hay is buried in the Old Presbyterian Churchyard on Calico Hill.

 

In 1803 a ten acre riverfront tract was developed by nephew William Smith bounded by today’s Main, South, West, and First Streets that would eventually be the Village of Warren. In 1809 the White House burned down, being replaced soon after with the Fraser-Hoyer House that stands today, this property being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Frasier/Hoyer House

An obscure Letter to the Editor in the Messenger in 1854 from Epsilon makes clear the White House is in fact the location of the deed and there was no one better than Rich Koke to figure it out.

Link below to the definitive story in South of the Mountains 

 

New Jersey and New York Railroad in North Rockland

 

NJ&NYRR

Passenger service on this suburban line ran from Pavonia Station Jersey City to Haverstraw, the line being completed in 1888. Known now as the Pascack Valley Line and running from Hoboken to Spring Valley this line has operated continuously for over 160 years.

The line was originally chartered as the Hackensack and New York Railroad in 1856. It later became the New Jersey and New York Railroad, which was bought by the Erie Railroad in 1896. The New Jersey and New York Railroad continued to exist as an Erie subsidiary until an 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Nanuet Station opened in 1841 on the New York and Erie Rail Road that ran from Piermont through to Buffalo via Suffern. At the NJNYRR Nanuet Junction you switched for New City or Piermont/Buffalo and eventually Haverstraw by 1888. Today the Nanuet station is the one of the busiest on the Pascack Valley Line.

In 1870, the NJ&NY was completed through to the Town of Haverstraw, with all the stations completed north to West Haverstraw by 1873. The Haverstraw depot and yards were completed in 1888 when a cut under Upper Broadway was opened, with the end of line at West Broad Street.

Until the opening of the Jersey City and Albany Railroad in 1879, this was the only railroad in North Rockland. Serving as the milk train and to transport brick from inland yards, it’s impact was felt primarily in the brickyard coal business, bringing much needed competition to the area in this commodity.

Mount Ivy Depot was located west of the Palisades Parkway, just south of now Route 202. The line continued north, past Gurnee Lake behind Birch Drive. An active freight line well into the 1950’s, you could see the right of way from the beach club.

If you look at a map today, the line traveled north between Riverglen Drive and the creek, past the now Town Highway garage towards Langschur Court.

The spur line into Letchworth Village was built in 1911, terminating at the power station. This freight only spur took coal, foodstuffs, and general freight while all passenger service to the institution was from Thiells Station.

Below are the Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road and Overpass Road abutments.

 

 

Thiells Station was located at the corner of now Rosman Road and Langschur Court. The right of way under Rosman Road is visible today, and the overpass continued over the creek to now Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road. This was the highest point on the line at 285 feet above sea level. Doodlebug passenger service continued into Thiells for many years after both Haverstraw and West Haverstraw were closed to passenger service.

 

 

 

Today, the line still visibly follows the Minisceongo Creek east crossing both the creek and now Suffern Lane continuing to the junction with the Stony Point Branch at Central Highway in Garnerville.

 

The Stony Point branch junction was in the area north of Railroad Avenue with the branch line following now Central Highway. The Stony Point branch was never completed and ended in a field at now Rt 210. 

 

Garnerville had extensive sidings serving the Print works. Just up the hill from West Haverstraw station, Railroad Avenue was a busy commercial area that supported the many full time workers of North Rockland.

The Line continued east from Central Highway behind the Garnerville Elementary School through the fields crossing Chapel Street between the Church and the rear exit to Helen Hayes hospital north of West Railroad Avenue.

 

 

West Haverstraw Depot was at the Corner of now 9W and Railroad Avenue. From 1873, West Haverstraw was the northernmost terminus of the railroad. Until the opening of the Jersey City and Albany Railroad in 1879, the NJ&NYRR was the only railroad to serve North Rockland.

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The line continued diagonally southeast from West Haverstraw and crossed under old Route 9W behind Dunkin Donuts today. Crossing diagonally through the bowling alley parking lot, it then followed the Minesecango Creek east under the West Shore Line.

A grade crossing was on Samsondale avenue at the old Esso station, with spur lines into the Peck yard, up the beach and to the dock. The mainline recrosses the creek again behind the old Hornick property, crossing under Broadway at Brennan’s Bridge, with the end of track at West Broad Street.

 

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High Tor

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01/01/1932 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1932 (CAE) STATION HIGH TOR BEACON IS A TALL STEEL STRUCTURE SUPPORTING A REVOLVING AERIAL LIGHT AS WELL AS TWO FLIGHT LIGHTS. IT IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE TALL PEAK JUST S OF THE VILLAGE OF HAVERSTRAW AND KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE TOR. NO MARKS WERE SET, HOWEVER THE CENTER OF THE TOWER IS MARKED BY A CROSS CUT IN THE ROCK AND TRIANGULATION STATION HIGH TOR IS 1.78 METERS FROM THE CENTER OF THE BEACON.
01/01/1964 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (CFK) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF HAVERSTRAW, ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF THE HUDSON RIVER, AT THE TOP OF A BARE MOUNTAIN KNOWN AS HIGH TOR MOUNTAIN, AND ON THE PROPERTY OF THE PALISADES PARK. IT IS A U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MAP CONTROL STATION. IT IS A 3 INCH IN DIAMETER BRASS DISK THAT IS NOT STAMPED, CEMENTED IN A DRILLED HOLE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS OF THE RUINS OF AN AIR BEACON. TO REACH FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HIGHWAYS 59 AND 304 IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF SPRING VALLEY, GO NORTH ON NORTH MIDDLETOWN ROAD FOR 1.7 MILES TO AN OVERPASS (PALISADES PARKWAY). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 2.05 MILES TO A CROSSROAD (HEMPSTEAD ROAD). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 2.5 MILES TO A CROSSROAD (SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 0.8 MILE TO THE TOP OF A RIDGE AND AN IRON PIPE GATE ON THE RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO EASTERLY ON A TRACK ROAD FOR 1 MILE TO AN ANGLING CROSSROAD. CONTINUE AHEAD EASTERLY ON THE TRACK ROAD FOR 1.25 MILES TO THE END OF THE TRACK ROAD. FROM THIS POINT PACK SOUTHEAST UP A STEEP BLUFF FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE STATION. A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE TO TRIANGULATION STATION HIGH TOR 1851, THE DISTANCE BEING 5.84 FEET AND 1.780 METERS.
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Andre’s Landing Place at Haverstraw

 

The landing spot, long held in a local sort of ill repute, was very little known 100 years after the revolution. This is another extremely significant location in the Long Clove. Just below the Long Clove Road tunnel, access is from the old quarry/campground path to the north, or from the stream on the south.

 

Below is an article written by Lavalette Wilson of the Mountain Institute in the Magazine of American History, January-June 1885 that describes in great detail the location and has what is a one of a kind map of the Long Clove.

It seems Mr. Wilson was able to clear the air as to the location, movements, and landmarks of Arnold and Andre that night. Today there is a boulder that has been inscribed with the details at the waters edge.

Tap to read the magazine below

Landslide: Heffern vs. Haverstraw

On January 8, 1906, Edward Heffern while standing in Rockland Street in the Village of Haverstraw was killed. In close proximity to the street were deep excavations into which the earth between these excavations and the line of the street, and also that forming part of the roadbed of the street itself, fell, drawing him down to his death.

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Below is a transcript from the Court Case stemming from Mr. Heffern’s death. Very little first hand stories have been written about the tragedy in Haverstraw that day, and this describes what transpired.

At the time, the brick industry dominated the Village and many of the residents worked for the yards. In fact Mr. Heffern ran towards the slide after leaving the saloon, a classic case of contributory negligence.

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Redstone Dock

What was known as Snedekers and later Waldberg Landing was a principal shipping point on the Hudson River since colonial times.

North of the dock, the local brownstone quarry they called Redstone operated just below the Long Clove Road tunnel.

Along the river south of the dock, the Trap Rock business kept the dock busy.

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Still a barge loading point well into the 20th century it was eventually donated to the Palisades Interstate Parks System.

 

 

 

Long ignored by the PIP, the dock and beach eventually got attention and by the late 1930’s, became a popular camping and swimming destination they called Redstone Dock.

 

New Deal Haverstraw: Haverstraw Public School

What is known as Area 15 in the latest Village of Haverstraw Comprehensive Plan, today includes the Benim Scholastic Academy,  Haverstraw Elementary School, and the BOCES Hilltop School. The Franciscan Sisters-Peace,  Saint Peter and Mary’s Church, the Haverstraw Community Center and Garden, the Knights of Columbus Lodge, playing fields, a fire training facility, and municipal parking lots. Located in the center of the Village, for years this was the heart of our community.

By the end of the 1870’s, the inland clay pits of Derbyshire, BJ Allison, Eckerson, and Archer were tapped out, some of the pits becoming local garbage dumps. In the early 1880’s, when the NJ&NYRR and later Erie RR bought much of the old properties, certain parcels were left undeveloped around the new terminus.

At the same time, the Eckerson Estate, one of the largest in the Village, was in probate. Tenants on their holdings were being evicted, horses were being repossessed, and many of the smaller parcels were going to tax auction. The large parcel on Lincoln Street remained in the Eckerson family and was undeveloped after the railroad completed their terminus.

The community soon after improved the Lincoln Street field creating what was later known as the circus lot or Eckersons field. This was the home field of the Haverstraw High School and was used by a loose organization of baseball and community clubs and was maintained by them for over 60 years.

 

By 1930, the School on Hudson Avenue was showing signs of wear and tear. After numerous additions it was determined that it would need replacement and a committee was formed to find a suitable site for a new school. In 1935 a massive fire destroyed the school and funding was sought to replace the building.

 

The committee found several sites including the Eckerson property north of Lincoln Street and east of the railroad. Since the property still had no clear title, condemnation proceedings would begin. These parcels along with several scattered around the old clay pits would become the new school opening in 1937. For the several years the school was under construction, classes were held throughout the village.

The School was constructed with the aid of federal Public Works Administration funds. The PWA provided a $270,000 loan and $227,143 grant for this construction, with the balance paid by UFSD#1 with a total cost of $841,696. Construction and site work began in 1935.

Markham Field was built north of the school, the property also being bounded by the Erie on the west and Saint Peters School on the east. By 1950, the Erie would cease operations and those parcels became available, many at tax auction. The parcel northwest of the field was owned by St Mary’s Church, the property being sold for construction of the Haverstraw Elementary School later in the decade.

New Jersey and New York Railroad in North Rockland

 

NJ&NYRR

Passenger service on this suburban line ran from Pavonia Station Jersey City to Haverstraw, the line being completed in 1888. Known now as the Pascack Valley Line and running from Hoboken to Spring Valley this line has operated continuously for over 160 years.

The line was originally chartered as the Hackensack and New York Railroad in 1856. It later became the New Jersey and New York Railroad, which was bought by the Erie Railroad in 1896. The New Jersey and New York Railroad continued to exist as an Erie subsidiary until an 1960 merger that created the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Nanuet Station opened in 1841 on the New York and Erie Rail Road that ran from Piermont through to Buffalo via Suffern. At the NJNYRR Nanuet Junction you switched for New City or Piermont/Buffalo and eventually Haverstraw by 1888. Today the Nanuet station is the one of the busiest on the Pascack Valley Line.

In 1870, the NJ&NY was completed through to the Town of Haverstraw, with all the stations completed north to West Haverstraw by 1873. The Haverstraw depot and yards were completed in 1888 when a cut under Upper Broadway was opened, with the end of line at West Broad Street.

Until the opening of the Jersey City and Albany Railroad in 1879, this was the only railroad in North Rockland. Serving as the milk train and to transport brick from inland yards, it’s impact was felt primarily in the brickyard coal business, bringing much needed competition to the area in this commodity.

Mount Ivy Depot was located west of the Palisades Parkway, just south of now Route 202. The line continued north, past Gurnee Lake behind Birch Drive. An active freight line well into the 1950’s, you could see the right of way from the beach club.

If you look at a map today, the line traveled north between Riverglen Drive and the creek, past the now Town Highway garage towards Langschur Court.

The spur line into Letchworth Village was built in 1911, terminating at the power station. This freight only spur took coal, foodstuffs, and general freight while all passenger service to the institution was from Thiells Station.

Below are the Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road and Overpass Road abutments.

 

 

Thiells Station was located at the corner of now Rosman Road and Langschur Court. The right of way under Rosman Road is visible today, and the overpass continued over the creek to now Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road. This was the highest point on the line at 285 feet above sea level. Doodlebug passenger service continued into Thiells for many years after both Haverstraw and West Haverstraw were closed to passenger service.

 

 

 

Today, the line still visibly follows the Minisceongo Creek east crossing both the creek and now Suffern Lane continuing to the junction with the Stony Point Branch at Central Highway in Garnerville.

 

The Stony Point branch junction was in the area north of Railroad Avenue with the branch line following now Central Highway. The Stony Point branch was never completed and ended in a field at now Rt 210. 

 

Garnerville had extensive sidings serving the Print works. Just up the hill from West Haverstraw station, Railroad Avenue was a busy commercial area that supported the many full time workers of North Rockland.

The Line continued east from Central Highway behind the Garnerville Elementary School through the fields crossing Chapel Street between the Church and the rear exit to Helen Hayes hospital north of West Railroad Avenue.

 

 

West Haverstraw Depot was at the Corner of now 9W and Railroad Avenue. From 1873, West Haverstraw was the northernmost terminus of the railroad. Until the opening of the Jersey City and Albany Railroad in 1879, the NJ&NYRR was the only railroad to serve North Rockland.

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The line continued diagonally southeast from West Haverstraw and crossed under old Route 9W behind Dunkin Donuts today. Crossing diagonally through the bowling alley parking lot, it then followed the Minesecango Creek east under the West Shore Line.

A grade crossing was on Samsondale avenue at the old Esso station, with spur lines into the Peck yard, up the beach and to the dock. The mainline recrosses the creek again behind the old Hornick property, crossing under Broadway at Brennan’s Bridge, with the end of track at West Broad Street.

 

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The Jersey City and Albany Railroad

The effort to bring a railroad north on the west shore of the Hudson River was finally realized when the portion of the Jersey City and Albany from Tappan to Haverstraw was opened in 1879. The extension north to Haverstraw is the same route as CSX takes today, but was diverted through the Long Clove while the permanent Haverstraw Tunnel (1883) was being constructed. The end of track was at the West Street Depot where the Haverstraw Transit garage is located.

Haverstraw Station

The definitive story can be found at the link below.

RAILROAD WARFARE AT HAVERSTRAW

by
Daniel
DeNoyelles

South of the Mountains 1976-10, Vol. 20, No. 4

http://www.hrvh.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/hsrc/id/1784/show/1763/rec/26

Redstone Dock

What was known as Snedekers and later Waldberg Landing was a principal shipping point on the Hudson River since colonial times.

North of the dock, the local brownstone quarry they called Redstone operated just below the Long Clove Road tunnel.

Along the river south of the dock, the Trap Rock business kept the dock busy.

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Still a barge loading point well into the 20th century it was eventually donated to the Palisades Interstate Parks System.

 

 

 

Long ignored by the PIP, the dock and beach eventually got attention and by the late 1930’s, became a popular camping and swimming destination they called Redstone Dock.

 

Jones Point: 100 years ago

Laying at the foot of Dunderburg Mountain just north of Tomkins Cove was a very popular river landing first settled in 1791 by Joshua Cholwills. Later called Coldwells and then Caldwells Landing, what we call Jones Point was the ‘last place to tie up’ before the Highlands.  Later the West Shore and then Route 9W passed through the heart of Jones Point on the way to Bear Mountain and points north.

By late in the 19th century most of Jones Point was developed. Brick yards, sand pits, stone quarry’s, an asphalt plant, and a potash mill were all served by the West Shore RR and the deep water docks of Jones Point. Churches, shops, and saloons vied for space on the riverfront with brick barges, sloops, and fishing boats as generations of families lived and worked here. Often in the newspapers, Jones Point had its share of explosions and derailments.

During World War One, The Jones Point Chemical Weapons Research Laboratory conducted projects on liquid propellants, incendiary compounds, and the chemical weapons phosgene and mustard gas, the story being told by Theo Emery.

1968

In 1946 the Ghost Fleet was moved off Jones Point. Here the anchorage remained until the last two ships were towed away on July 8, 1971, to be sold for scrap to Spain.

The Fed’s were sued in federal court by Mrs. Scozzafava, a restaurant owner at Jones Point for many years. She claimed the ships were anchored on what she called her “front lawn” because she owned up to 250 feet out into the river.

                    

She also claimed the ships obstructed her view of the river itself. Most riverfront properties in North Rockland have large riparian rights that were fiercely defended over the years.

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Today, Jones Point is a residential neighborhood. A small memorial for the Reserve Fleet is on the flats 10 feet from the CSX mainline, and there isn’t a single commercial establishment left in the hamlet.

High Tor

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01/01/1932 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1932 (CAE) STATION HIGH TOR BEACON IS A TALL STEEL STRUCTURE SUPPORTING A REVOLVING AERIAL LIGHT AS WELL AS TWO FLIGHT LIGHTS. IT IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE TALL PEAK JUST S OF THE VILLAGE OF HAVERSTRAW AND KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE TOR. NO MARKS WERE SET, HOWEVER THE CENTER OF THE TOWER IS MARKED BY A CROSS CUT IN THE ROCK AND TRIANGULATION STATION HIGH TOR IS 1.78 METERS FROM THE CENTER OF THE BEACON.
01/01/1964 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1964 (CFK) THE STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF HAVERSTRAW, ABOUT 1 MILE WEST OF THE HUDSON RIVER, AT THE TOP OF A BARE MOUNTAIN KNOWN AS HIGH TOR MOUNTAIN, AND ON THE PROPERTY OF THE PALISADES PARK. IT IS A U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MAP CONTROL STATION. IT IS A 3 INCH IN DIAMETER BRASS DISK THAT IS NOT STAMPED, CEMENTED IN A DRILLED HOLE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS OF THE RUINS OF AN AIR BEACON. TO REACH FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HIGHWAYS 59 AND 304 IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF SPRING VALLEY, GO NORTH ON NORTH MIDDLETOWN ROAD FOR 1.7 MILES TO AN OVERPASS (PALISADES PARKWAY). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 2.05 MILES TO A CROSSROAD (HEMPSTEAD ROAD). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 2.5 MILES TO A CROSSROAD (SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD). CONTINUE NORTH ON NORTH LITTLE TOR ROAD FOR 0.8 MILE TO THE TOP OF A RIDGE AND AN IRON PIPE GATE ON THE RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AND GO EASTERLY ON A TRACK ROAD FOR 1 MILE TO AN ANGLING CROSSROAD. CONTINUE AHEAD EASTERLY ON THE TRACK ROAD FOR 1.25 MILES TO THE END OF THE TRACK ROAD. FROM THIS POINT PACK SOUTHEAST UP A STEEP BLUFF FOR ABOUT 0.1 MILE TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE STATION. A TRAVERSE CONNECTION WAS MADE TO TRIANGULATION STATION HIGH TOR 1851, THE DISTANCE BEING 5.84 FEET AND 1.780 METERS.
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1898 Sanborn Maps: Haverstraw

 

 

Many thanks to the Library of Congress on getting 1898 Sanborn Map source online. Sanborn Maps were the source for Insurance, Banking, and Real Estate transactions for many years. The maps are not complete in the classic sense, but show the major commercials and the exposures on the property.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York. Sanborn Map Company, Oct, 1896.

Map retrieved from the Library of Congress.

 

 

Andre’s Landing Place at Haverstraw

 

The landing spot, long held in a local sort of ill repute, was very little known 100 years after the revolution. This is another extremely significant location in the Long Clove. Just below the Long Clove Road tunnel, access is from the old quarry/campground path to the north, or from the stream on the south.

 

Below is an article written by Lavalette Wilson of the Mountain Institute in the Magazine of American History, January-June 1885 that describes in great detail the location and has what is a one of a kind map of the Long Clove.

It seems Mr. Wilson was able to clear the air as to the location, movements, and landmarks of Arnold and Andre that night. Today there is a boulder that has been inscribed with the details at the waters edge.

Tap to read the magazine below