Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive

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     We are located in the LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
           297 Locust Avenue,  Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567   
  Regular Business meetings, followed by a program, are held on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 2 p.m. 
                    (except as noted)  ..... July (Picnic)
    November (Annual luncheon)   December (Holiday Party)    


              Historic Little Red Schoolhouse  
The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an Open House the first Sunday of each month from April to November... from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.  The event is open free to the public. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Central School District.  The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room of the Society has books, photographs and classroom items dating back to that early era.   Light refreshments will be available. The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt.  For more information:  Visit our website at; or,
call (914) 736-7868-.    ____________________________      

        October 7th, is the last open house of the year.
.        See you in the Spring 2019! 
         Thank you for your support!


NEW:Hidden Treasures
of the Hudson Valley                
      By Anthony Musso

    Little-Known, But Historically-
  Significant Places in Our Area   Did you know that it is said that there are remnants of the fabled Yellow Brick Road next to the historic Standard House at Riverfront Green in Peekskill?  And what’s the story behind the “Skinny House” in Mamaroneck and the Jasper Cropsey House in Hastings? Or, similar interesting and amusing background stories about other
familiar places that you pass every day, but did not know have significant
historical value. Author and Historian Anthony Musso of LaGrangeville
will present an informative and entertaining PowerPoint picture program on Volume 3 of his book:  Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley.  
He will explore 55 additional sites to the 110 “hidden historic”places covered in the first two volumes of his series.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                           Saturday, October 20, 2018 2 p.m.  
                               FREE to Public
           Sponsored by The Van Cortlandtville
  Historical Society At The Little Red Schoolhouse
        297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY                 
                                                                                               For more information call (914) 736-7868


                      Van Cortlandtville Historical Society Inc.

          Annual Luncheon Meeting and Election
The annual luncheon meeting and election of the Van Cortlandtville Historical
 Society Inc. will be held Friday, November 16, 2018, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant, 5714 Albany Post Road, Cortlandt (by the old rock cut)
Please consider bringing a guest; this is a great opportunity to share all the
wonderful things our Society has done and continues to do. This flier is the official
notification about this event; there will not be a separate mailing.

Kirk Moldoff (left) of Montrose, a member of our Society, will present a program
on Lost Annsville, the hamlet that was home to some of the Cortlandt/ Peekskill area’s first industries. Its lampblack factory was the antecedent to a crayon dynasty, and a blast furnace on the bank of Annsville Creek had its own narrow-gauge railroad running to the Croft mines of Putnam. The wire mill at the base of Lampblack Hill was the area’s largest employer, yet not a trace remains of these vibrant industries and others that were central to the existence of this little hamlet, which is just outside the restaurant. Mr. Moldoff is a medical illustrator and animator with a passion for industrial archaeology, local history and cast-iron stoves. A native of New Jersey and former resident of Peekskill, he has degrees in Neuroscience and Medical Education, having studied at the University of Rochester and University of Chicago. His artwork has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City and has been featured in publications by the National Geographic Society and Scientific American. He is a past trustee and vice president of the Peekskill Museum and a recipient of the Chester A. Smith Award. He is also a past chairman of the City of Peekskill Historic Preservation Board.

Our lunch service in the banquet room will consist of soup, salad, rolls and butter, with a main course selection of prime rib, chicken marsala or stuffed sole, plus potatoes and vegetables, followed by coffee, tea and dessert.
The total price per person, including tax and gratuity, is only $30,
the same as it has been since 2016. Reservations and payment must be made in
advance (no walk-ins). Please fill out the form below and return it, no later than
November 9, with your check, payable to Van Cortlandtville Historical Society,
297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-1308.

Name(s) ____________________
Main course: ___Prime rib ___Chicken ___Sole
Price, including tax and gratuity: $30 per person
  Amount enclosed $__________

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