“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Roxbury in Delaware County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Built in 1857

Kirkside Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 29, 2021
1. Kirkside Marker
Helen Gould, daughter of the financier Jay Gould became enchanted with the village of Roxbury where her father was born and raised. In 1894 she purchased the property next to the Gould Family church which she had helped to build. Ms. Gould immediately began renovation and expansion of the 1857 farmhouse adding wings which tripled the size of the house. The house was decorated with Gothic, Italianate and East Lake Victorian details.

On the spacious grounds behind Kirkside, Gould added staff quarters, a barn, garages, an ice house and a children's playhouse. Originally intended as a summer residence, she spent more and more time there; for her, Roxbury was the "village of peaceful days."

Helen Gould's influence and activities extended beyond her work at Kirkside and the Gould Memorial Church. Reputedly, she influenced residents to adopt a boulevard concept for the street, trees, and sidewalks along Main Street to unify old and new elements and create a more village-like atmosphere.

In 1949 after the death of Helen in 1938 and her husband Finley in 1942, Helen's brother offered the Kirkside property to the Dutch
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Reform Church of America as a memorial to his sister. In 1950, Kirkside was dedicated as a home for aged ministers, missionaries, other professional workers of the Church, In 1980, Kirkside residents were notified that the facility would close its doors that year and the Church would put the property up for sale. A group of Roxbury residents fought the move and a lawsuit was undertaken to block eviction of the residents and prevent the sale of the house and the 11-acre parcel.

Kirkside Park was purchased from the Church by the community and deeded to the Town in 1981. The Town agreed to "hold the premises forever as a public park for use by the citizens of the Town of Roxbury". The Kirkside Mansion which had become a retirement community for local residents, was closed in 2017 due to high costs and low occupancy. Planning is underway to transform the mansion into a hospitality and entrepreneurship facility.

Signs funded by the Gould Family, Delaware County and private donations and sponsored by the Roxbury Historic Preservation Commission and the MARK Project.
Erected by Gould Family, Delaware County, Roxbury Historic Preservation Commission, MARK Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Kirkside Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 29, 2021
2. Kirkside Marker
42° 17.311′ N, 74° 33.735′ W. Marker is in Roxbury, New York, in Delaware County. Marker is on New York State Route 30 north of Lake Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53806 NY-30, Roxbury NY 12474, 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. The Jay Gould Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Roxbury Central School (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hamlet of Roxbury Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Enderlin Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodchuck Lodge (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Burroughs (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Those Hills Comfort Me" (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roxbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2023