December 12 2008

Press Release: Wayne County Historical Society Announces First Bus Trip for 2008

The Wayne County Historical Society's first bus trip of 2008, on Sunday, July 13, will provide a glimpse of the very early history of New York State. The destination is New Paltz, founded in 1678 by twelve Huguenot families who fled religious persecution in France. The day will begin with a visit to the National Historic Landmark District for a guided tour of three Dutch-style stone houses and a reconstructed 1717 French church on historic Huguenot Street. The oldest of the seven original houses that are now museums was built in 1705.

The tour will be followed by a stop at the Visitors' Center at the Huguenot Historical Society for an opportunity to view the exhibits and browse in the Museum Shop. In addition to a selection of interesting mementos and gift items, the shop features published genealogies of many Huguenot families. A special exhibit, A Notion to Sew tells the story of the women of Locust Lawn and their needlework. There will be ample time to select a place for lunch from among the eateries in New Paltz. The written reservation will include a list of conveniently located food establishments. The fascinating array of galleries, antique and specialty shops along the streets in New Paltz will tempt shoppers until time for the next tour.

Only a short ride from New Paltz is the Locust Lawn Complex, which includes a stone house built by Dutch farmer Evert Terwilliger in 1738 and the Col. Josiah Hasbrouck House, a Federal-period home built in 1814. This site, on the National Register of Historic Places, takes its name from the group of black locust trees surrounding the Hasbrouck home. This house interprets life from the early to mid-19th century and contains a collection of fine furnishings, paintings, clothing, and personal and domestic objects. The outbuildings contain farm equipment and tools in addition to a small collection of fine carriages and transport equipment.

The bus will depart from the Route 6 Mall in Honesdale promptly at 8 am and return at approximately 6 pm. The cost of the trip (does not include lunch) is $40 for WCHS members and $45 for non-members. Reservations can be made at the Museum at 810 Main Street, Honesdale Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm or by phone or email (570-253-3240 or with a Visa or Mastercard. Reservations also may be made by mailing a check to Wayne County Historical Society, PO Box 446, Honesdale, PA 18431. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. A printed confirmation will verify your reservation. Deadline for reservations is June 28. For more information, contact Gloria McCullough at 570-253-3240 or

A second WCHS bus trip will be announced soon.