Duanesburg in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— History —
The Eastern New York chapter of the Nature Conservancy purchased the original 97 acres of this sanctuary in 1970 from Lansing and Lucille Christman, son and daughter-in-law of the late William W. Christman. William (Will) Christman devoted his lifetime to farming, nature writing, poetry, and over many years converted his farm into a nature sanctuary. The site is a registered National Historic Landmark listed by the New York State Historic Trust.
Erected by The Nature Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Resources • Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 42° 44.59′ N, 74° 7.719′ W. Marker is in Duanesburg, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on Schoharie Turnpike (County Route 74), on the right. The marker is at the Preserve's diminutive parking area, which is also the trail head. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duanesburg NY 12056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Christman Sanctuary (approx. ¼ mile away); Home of William North Michael Righter (approx. 1.3 miles away); Town of Duanesburg (approx. 1.3 miles away); William North (approx. 2.2 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); James Duane (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duanesburg.
Regarding Christman Sanctuary. The sanctuary was formerly part of the Christman Homestead, where William Weaver Christman was born on the Duanesburg farm in 1865. The Sanctuary had its beginning during the Blizzard of March 1888 when W.W. Christman and his wife began a winter bird feeding program on the 105 acre farm, as the Christmans sifted grass and weed seeds from the barn floor chaff and scattered them daily on the deep snow in the sheltered spots in the dooryard. W.W. Christmas was a lover of nature and an admirer of the works of both Walt Whitman and John Burroughs, and he corresponded with both of them. His library included a signed edition of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Christmas was recognized for nature poetry and essays receiving
A highlight of the Christman Preserve is the Bozenkill, with its thirty-foot waterfall and numerous lesser cataracts, which winds and cascades through the center of the sanctuary before dropping into a deep ravine at the foot of the Heldeburg Escarpment just east of the Sanctuary.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another older and more traditional marker for the Christman Sanctuary is nearby, down by the Christman home.
Also see . . . Christman Sanctuary. The Nature Conservancy website entry (Submitted on December 5, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Additional keywords. Christman Preserve, Delanson, Nature Conservancy, Bozenkill, Mohawk Valley Hiking Club, Schenectady Winter Sports Club, SWSC
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