07/17/13 7:30am

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One of Newburgh’s oldest buildings with some of the richest early American history is in danger of destruction according to the New York History Blog. But there is still time left. Weigand’s Tavern is located at 326 Liberty Street, at the Northwest corner of the Old Town Cemetery.  According to the blog, “it is a relic of the American Revolution where many Revolutionary notables spent time.”

Efforts in the past to revitalize the building have come and gone various times throughout the past decades. Although the structure is in horrible shape and probably has very little to no historical details inside, this building is vital to Newburgh’s history linking it to the Palatine’s and the Revolutionary War.

The blog mentions that the property is in private hands. However, Orange County records show that in 2012 the property was sold back to the City of Newburgh for $15. If you love old buildings with rich stories and want to save one of Newburgh’s treasures before it is gone forever, this is an excellent candidate.

Photo: Weigand’s Tavern as it appears today (courtesy A.J. Schenkman)

02/14/13 12:07pm

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Nothing captures the alluring draw of  Newburgh’s charm and jaw dropping romantic appeal more than its magnificent historic architecture especially when  paired with those mesmerizing Hudson River and surrounding mountain-scape views.

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What seems timeless is the passion of kindred spirits who continue to fall in love with Newburgh (and don’t necessarily need cupids love arrow to feel an unexplainable closeness to  this city and dedicated to its promising future).  It is a relationship that  many (with many more to come) have set on a journey for.

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But like any relationship, making a commitment with Newburgh takes WORK, and as with any worthwhile relationship you enter into, you’re in it….FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE.  But  once you  share your love and passion with it,  I believe the rewards with  Newburgh can be great!

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So pictured here Newburgh Restoration Fans, is a celebration of romance specially compiled for  you, with images of  Historic Painted Ladies, Victorians and iconic city architecture that are  married to the  vistas of the Hudson…(Along Montgomery Street and Bay View Terrace).  It is quintessential Newburgh eye candy.

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And if this makes you hungry for more, come and check out the amazingly affordable, potential restoration opportunities you can explore to create  your own future “eye candy”…remember, life can be like a box of chocolates, (you never know what your gonna get).  But if you don’t open that box., you may be missing out on experiencing “great taste” and “rewarding satisfaction” in your future!

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01/14/13 10:59am

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There are many powers that be working hard to bring positive press to the City of Newburgh. This recent article is an example of that. Johanna Porr was recognized for her efforts as director of the historical society in the Winter 2013 issue of Preservation Magazine, a huge deal in the preservation world. Ideally Newburgh’s history and reinitialization efforts are what most of us hope Newburgh will be known for. This is certainly a step in the right direction.

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The Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands (FSHSHH) will be guest bartending at the Newburgh Brewing Company Taproom on Sunday, January 13th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. All tips received during that time period will benefit Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site’s Tower of Victory.

FSHSHH is a not-for profit membership organization supporting three historic sites: Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters in New Windsor. Their mission is to increase public awareness of the three sites and their historic and educational significance, while also raising money to supplement the educational, programming and collection needs of the sites.

The Newburgh Brewing Company has been very actively involved in local community fundraising events. One of the most significant campaigns they have undertaken is to assist Washington’s Headquarters in raising money to repair the Tower of Victory.  The 1888 Tower of Victory had the roof damaged during a hurricane in 1950.  Once the roof was removed, visitors were prevented from climbing to the top.  The Newburgh Brewing Company has earmarked a portion of the proceeds from each pint of their von Steuben Gose beer sales towards that cause.

So, on Sunday, January 13th, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM, come for a drink, bring friends, and share the merriment … while learning about FSHSHH and helping the Tower of Victory! You’ll also see staff from the historic sites in 18th Century attire chatting up the crowd. With a little coaxing, and maybe a few beers, they might even be talked into providing some tavern entertainment!
The Newburgh Brewing Company is located at 88 South Colden Street, Newburgh. For more information about FSHSHH, contact Rich Fenwick at 845-565-5351 or email rich3474@gmail.com.

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The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley. For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.

Unfortunately for the Tower, time and weather have not been kind. Without intervention to restore the stone structure, replace the roof, and eliminate water penetration, this precious piece of the Hudson Valley’s – and the nation’s – history could be lost for good.

To fully restore the Tower, $1.5 million dollars needs to be raised. Already, the Conservancy has secured $450,000 through grants and individual donations. But help is needed to reach the goal of preserving the Tower for the next 125 years. Won’t you chip in to help out?

You can donate to the campaign by mail or by e-mail.

To donate by mail, simply print, fill out, and mail the attached form to the Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911.
To donate online, please do so at: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the words Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!

-Press release via The Palisades Parks Conservancy