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Historic sites in Germantown, Coeymans, Rensselaerville nominated

Mar 27, 2015 12:02 am
Rick Karlin in Capitol Confidential reports the state Board for Historic Preservation nominated 22 locations for inclusion as state and federally-designated Historic Places, including one in Columbia County. The Charles H. Coons Farm in Germantown, a fruit farm that includes a Picturesque-style farmhouse, ca. 1880, and a ca. 1810 timber-frame New World Dutch barn, was among the nominees. Three locations in Albany County -- two in Coeymans, one in Rensselaerville -- and one each in Ulster and Dutchess counties were also included on the list.

Other local nominees:

Albany County
• Brigadier General David McCarty Stone Cottage, Coeymans –stone cottage from the mid-18th century that was the home of General David McCarty, an active participant in the events leading up to the American Revolution and served in the Continental Army.
• Conkling-Boardman-Eldridge Farm, Rensselaerville – established in 1806 by one of the community’s founding families under the feudal patroon system, it emerged to function as an independent working farm in the late 19th century following the Anti-Rent War and evolved into a “gentleman’s farm” by the beginning of the 20th century.
• Former parsonage of the Reformed Dutch Church, Coeymans – the highly intact local example of late Queen Anne-Colonial Revival style residential architecture was built in 1892 and displays features of popular trends of the era.

Dutchess County
• Murphy Grist Mill, Beekman – built in 1889 on the site of an earlier 18th-century mill, the water-powered grist and saw mill represents nearly 200 years of continuous use at the site, serving local farmers and the hamlets of Beekmanville and Poughquag through the early 1930s.

Ulster County
• Alligerville Historic District, Accord – the hamlet was created and developed around a lock on the Delaware & Hudson Canal, one of the earliest canals completed in the United States, built 1825-1828.
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