Ulster County Bluestone –
A Hurley Industry
January 27, 7pm Online
“HOWEVER unhappy New York City may be in the matter of pavements between curbs, there is one fact apparent to the most casual observer, and that is that New York has the finest and best sidewalk pavements of any city in the universe. This is due to the fact that the sidewalks are largely paved with huge flat slabs of a natural product known in the commercial marts of New York as North or Hudson River bluestone. These slabs, which form smooth and dry platforms for the use of pedestrians, come from the quarries much in the same shape as they are laid upon the walks of nearly all of the Atlantic coast and many of the inland cities.” (Ref:https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Popular_Science_Monthly/Volume_45/July_1894/The_Great_Bluestone_Industry)
Presenter Peter Roberts will discuss the robust history of a local 19th century industry with an emphasis on the greater Hurley area. His lecture will include archival photographs and recent images of bluestone buildings and other structures that are easily viewed today. A Q&A will follow his presentation.
Peter Roberts, a retired physician, grew up in one of Kingston’s old stone houses. He is a current Board Director and a former President of the Friends of Historic Kingston. He enjoys giving tours, lectures, and organizing exhibits about Kingston.
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