Sharon Springs in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Magnesia Temple and Baths
The Historic Main Street Tour
Henry Joseph Bang was born in Darmstadt, Germany about 1800 and arrived in the United States by 1855. he was a brewer and a New York restaurateur. After purchasing the land surrounding the magnesia springs in 1860, he began building Congress Hall Hotel. He also built a wood plane factory behind his Fango and Magnesia baths. Unfortunately for Mr. Bang, despite the splendor of his bathhouses and temple, the magnesia spring could not compete with the potency of the Pavilion Hotel's white sulphur spring, and he was unable to to attract many bathers away from the Pavilion's wooden bath sheds. In 1875, in the midst of a great depression, Congress Hotel was totally destroyed by fire. The loss was devastating for him and his family, and Bang died around 1879.
The Magnesia property was sold to the Schaefer Brewing Company family after the Congress Hall fire. From 1883-1920, hops were a major agricultural crop in the area. Max Schaefer moved his family to this summer home in the village. He had a major investment in hops here, which were used to brew the famous Schaefer beer. The property remained in the Schaefer family, through the Vom Saal's, until the late 1980's. in 1999, the property was being restored by newcomers, Glen Goldfarb and Denise Kelly.
Erected 1999 by Sharon Historic Society.
Location. 42° 47.86′ N, 74° 36.983′ W. Marker is in Sharon Springs, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on Main Street (New York State Route 10), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharon Springs NY 13459, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The White Sulphur Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Chestnut Street Schoolhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Main Street Tour (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Main Street Tour (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Main Street Tour (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Main Street Tour (approx. ¼ mile away); The Lehman Block (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rockville (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharon Springs.
Categories. • Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on March 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.