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Rosendale in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rosendale Tourist Info

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, January 1, 2020
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Inscription.  Any trip to Rosendale begins with its geology and extends to the independent spirit of its inhabitants. The heart of this warm, festive town pulses with energy and hospitality. Rosendale has seen many changes since its enormous deposits of naturally perfect limestone, the base ingredient of hydraulic cement, were discovered in 1825.

At the height of cement production, this boomtown hosted over 250 mines, bars, brothels and a dozen plants that employed more than 5,000 workers. Throughout the 19th century, Rosendale Cement was the most widely used cement in the United States. Rosendale's abundance of limestone facilitated the construction of the D&H Canal system and the transportation of coal from the interiors of Pennsylvania to coastal ports. Rosendale cement was used to build the Brooklyn Bridge, the Croton Reservoir system, the foundation of the US Treasury Building, the wings of the US Capitol, the Washington Monument, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, and even the New York State Thruway.

The beautiful Victorian buildings that line Rosendale's streets reflect a rich blend of art, commerce and
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By Steve Stoessel
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industry. The former hotels, pharmacies, lumber yards and brothels now host a number of distinctive restaurants, offices, galleries and shops, The best example of this integration is in the Woman's Studio Workshop which is housed inthe former Rosendale Cement Company Store and Post Office, where a "new" industry has replaced the old. On long wooden counters that once displayed sacks of flour and kegs of nails for sale to the miners, professional artists and students now assemble collages, manufacture handmade paper or print books in WSW classes. The abandoned mines have been reinvented for a variety of uses: document storage, mushroom growing, trout farming, and as an attractive live music venue.

Today, the cement kilns still dot the hillsides leading down to the Rondout Creek. These elements create a beautiful post-industrial landscape which attracts artists, writers, performers, nature lovers, historians, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. A perfect destination for hiking and biking excursions, Rosendale has two rail trails and is just minutes away from the Mohonk Preserve. The Rondout Creek is a beautiful spot for kayaking and fishing. Spend an evening enjoying live music and great food at one of our distinctive restaurants and experience our charming selection of bed and breakfasts. There is always something happening in Rosendale, be it a funky local festival, a spontaneous
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concert, or a tour of our emerging art scene. Whatever your particular interest, Rosendale is a place that must be experienced!
 
Location. 41° 50.717′ N, 74° 4.578′ W. Marker is in Rosendale, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 213) and Central Avenue, on the right on Main Street. Marker is beside library parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rosendale NY 12472, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosendale Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Fording Place (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); D&H Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tawaeri Taqui (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tillson House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Meeting House (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Church (approx. 1 miles away); Newkirk Tavern (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosendale.
 
Also see . . .
1. The history of Rosendale Cement. (Submitted on January 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
2. Rosendale Cement (Wikipedia). Portland cement had displaced natural cement by 1920 mainly for cost and quicker curing rates. Rosendale cement was purported to have better durability, and still found application until the 1970's. Natural cement cement has not been available commercially
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for thirty years. (Submitted on January 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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