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

Site of Pleasure Ground

Part of Original Archibald Kennedy Patent

Site of Pleasure Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Clifton Patrick, October 8, 2009
1. Site of Pleasure Ground Marker
Inscription. James Ward-Grist-Miller, owned present village-called Ward's Bridge until 1810. Land part of Thomas & Mary Powell, vast farm on both sides of Union Street, early Hudson River steamboat builders.
1850-1878-Site of first Orange County Fairs, circuses, used for sports, and field trips.
1861-Part of entire farm land of Alanson-Elizabeth Hawkins Sears, notable families. Later inherited by daughter Hannah & George Senior-prominent merchant.
1879-1920 Montgomery Driving Park Association frequent harness racing competitions upon one half mile track named “Pleasure Grounds” S. Walsh, notable trainer, driver, area wide winner.
1900-"Community C1ub" Montgomery Academy Alumni spurred interest thereon for village improvements for scouting events, recreational, educational, local & county wide use.
1900-Charles Tice-cattle dealer, butcher, (livestock yard) lower 9 Acres.
1918-Dayton MacMurtrie’s-Large dairy produced “Grade A Milk” for daily home delivery, on entire farm for half a century.
1980-Attorney Thomas Hadaway purchased upper track anticipating future need of public works, police department & relaxation.
1998-Residents approved purchase (from developer) of acreage along Wallkill River for relaxation & recreation.
1998-Historic marker dedicated at Bachelor Street.
2004-Dedication Program.
Erected 2004 by Village of Montgomery.
Location. 41° 31.274′ N, 74° 14.541′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, New York, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Union St (New York State Route 211) and Pleasure Ground St, on the right when traveling south on Union St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 136 Union St,, Montgomery NY 12549, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ward’s Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Montgomery House (approx. 0.8 miles away); German Town (approx. 0.9 miles away); “Colored Cemetery" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mastadon Dig 1800 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Smith Homestead (approx. 2.2 miles away); Walden House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Riverside Farm (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
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