Our feature story this week introduces our series on a house being built from blueprints to finished structure, but if you’re more into historic architecture, the Country Seats Tour sponsored by Hudson River Heritage
on Saturday should be on your calendar.
The focus of this tour is historic Red Hook, and seven historic properties in the heart of the Hudson Valley will be open for visitors. Included on the tour are St. Margaret’s, built in the Italianate style in the 1850s as “St. Margaret’s Orphan Asylum"; Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson, built in 1805 by one of the prolific Livingstons and now owned by Bard College (and open to the public only for these special occasions); Green Hill in Tivoli, a 1930s Colonial Revival; the former Trinity Episcopal Church in Tivoli, converted to a private residence in the 20th century; and the 1733 Heermance Farmstead in Tivoli, an example of the largely intact 18th-century Dutch Hudson Valley stone farmhouse.
The tour begins at the Elmendorph Inn — the oldest building in Red Hook, dating from the mid 18th century — where visitors check in and pick up a tour itinerary and map. Organizers encourage tour takers to stop for lunch at one of the many local restaurants, bring a picnic lunch, or preorder one when you book your tour online.
Day trip, historic homes and fall: sounds like a pretty perfect day to us.
Country Seats Tour
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tour check in 9:30 a.m. at Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook, NY
$50 Hudson River Heritage members; $60 non-members; $20 box lunch