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

Highland Hamlet

Classic, Small Town America On The West Bank Of The Hudson

— Greater Walkway Experience —

Highland Hamlet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, March 1, 2020
1. Highland Hamlet Marker
Seeking higher ground, early settlers established this quaint hamlet surrounded by farmland with not-so-distant views of the Hudson. To this day, locals still take its geography literally, pronouncing their home “high land.” Its destiny was not always assured. When Philip Elting first donated land for a church back in the 1820s and built stores to form the town center, many referred to his venture as "Philip's Folly."

More than half century later, the railroad transformed this folly into an economic hub, including a large lumber yard that served an expanding population and building boom. Tragically, fire destroyed much of the business district in 1891, but it was rebuilt in brick and stone. A trolley, which linked New Paltz to the Hudson, once ran right through town; this presaged a peak in population which arose from a more elaborate railway system connecting Kingston and Newburgh. With the advent of the automobile and construction of 9W, the commercial center shifted away from the hamlet, nicely preserving much of its turn-of-the-century charms.

Today, its industrial heyday is celebrated
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not only in the architecture, but with a renewed vitality where boutique shops and restaurants thrive amid the beauty and tranquility of the Hudson Valley.

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Trolleys like this ran 9-miles between Highland Landing and New Paltz, where passengers were met by stage coach to take them to mountain resorts.

Glad day in August 1915 when the town celebrated the opening of a brick-paved state road linking the hamlet to Highland Landing.

Main Street in 1903 with the laying of the new brick pavement. Note the transition between the old horse-drawn labor and steam-driven power.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1915.
Location. 41° 43.044′ N, 73° 57.795′ W. Marker is in Highland, New York, in Ulster County. Marker is at the intersection of Milton Avenue (U.S. 44) and U.S. 9W, on the right when traveling north on Milton Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highland NY 12528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 156th Regiment N.Y.S.V. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd World War II & Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Highland Hamlet
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(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lloyd World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away); Women’s Veteran Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elting Homestead (approx. ¼ mile away); Highland Landing (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 2, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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