Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park
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The upstream shores of the Hudson clearly had a high appeal to the wealthy New Yorkers of the past. I already wrote some log entries about the houses of former US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his neighbour Frederick Vanderbilt. Especially the latter owned a respectable mansion on the beautiful shores of the Hudson. (See here for more info).
A bit more to the North, near the village of Staatsburg is yet another big and impressive mansion, the Mills Mansion. The grounds were purchased in 1792 by Morgan Lewis, a former NY State Governor. He constructed a small house at the site which was extended with several wings in 1814. Lewis also added all kind of other buildings (barns, stables, etc.
The Millses only lived here in the fall by the way.
In 1855 the famous architect, Calvert Vaux (Central Park), designed and added another house to the lands for Geraldine Livingstone and her husband Lydig Hoyt. The beautiful Hoyt House must have had great views on the Hudson valley.
In 1938 the estate was donated to the State of New York and became a state park Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. The mansion became Staatsburgh State Historic Site. The Hoyt House was confiscated by the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, led by Robert Moses.
And, I would not have written so much of this site if I had not been there of course. It had been a long time since I had made a decent hike. I assumed the snow would have melted away by now in the lower lands. So I chose the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park for my today's hike. I parked the Mazda, fully in style, next to the impressive mansion and started walking. The view on the Hudson and the unique Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, a small lighthouse in the middle of the river dating back to 1839, were magnificent.
Making my way along the Hudson shore I was surprised by the incredible steep abysses next to my hiking path, into the river. During the hike I also encountered the remains of the several houses and structures that were added to the Mills estate. NY State has a lot of repairing to do. The stables were falling apart, the greenhouse is almost completely collapsed. The great Hoyt house looks really sad. I hope the 3.4 million dollars will suffice to bring back the grandeur of the past.
In the meantime, the state park is a very nice park to hike in.
More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt.