Local History

Then and Now

Re-Photographing Old Postcards and Vintage Images of the Town

A Local History Re-photographic Project
by Jack Murphy

The goal of this project is to compile a photographic survey of the Village and Town of Gardiner and the immediate area.  Using old postcards and photographs, I will re-photograph the same views, from as close to the original viewpoint as possible, and publish a series of "then and now" paired images, along with descriptive text.

A small group of local postcards in the Gardiner Library Local History Collection inspired this project. I am looking for more images to add to this project.  If you have any postcards or photos that show recognizable local views, buildings, or homes in the Gardiner area, dating from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s, I would appreciate a copy or scan to add tothis series.  If you can't scan them, I can arrange to scan the images myself.  If you have any images you are willing to send me, please contact me at: jmurphy@rcls.org

Thank you for your consideration, and enjoy the project!
Jack Murphy

Part One

  The Gardiner School

This circa 1897 view is of the Hamlet’s first school house in Gardiner School District No. 2.
 It was built in 1880 as a one-room school, and in 1895 a second room was added.  The school was closed in 1981, when Gardiner became part of the New Paltz School District.

Another View of the School

This postcard shows the Gardiner Public School, circa 1910. The school was closed in 1981, and the building, located just east of the Village on Route 44-55, became the Town Hall,  Justice Court and Community Meeting Rooms shortly after the closing.
South Street, Gardiner, N.Y.

This view was a slight problem, as I didn't know of a South Street.  After some looking around town, i realized it was actually the northern end of Sand Hill Road, at Routes 44-55.  The house on the left is 2 Sand Hill Road, the building on the right is 119 Main Street which was the Hudson Valley Wine Market before moving across the street on Dusinberre.
Another South Street Postcard

Here is another view of the house at 2 Sand Hill Road (once South Street).
A Corner in Gardiner 

This vintage photo postcard is titled "A Corner in Gardiner, N.Y." The corner is Main and First Street, looking north up First (now Dusinberre Road). The building on the left  hand corner is 120 Main Street, and on the right is Moran's General Merchandise, now Hudson Valley Wine Market.
Looking North From Main Street

This early 1900s photo postcard is captioned "Looking North From Main Street, Gardiner, N.Y." It pictures the intersection of First Street (now Dusinberre Road) and Main Street (Routes 44-55). The building in the foreground was Moran's General Merchandise, operated by John Moran for over 50 years.  He died in 1956, and the store closed in 1958.  George Majestic, had a hardware and plumbing supplies store in Gardiner, which had occupied two separate locations on Main Street over the years. After the closing of Moran's Merchandise, he bought the building and moved his business into this location which operated in that space until 2021. Currently, Hudson Valley Wine Market is in this  location.
  First Street, Gardiner

This view of First Street (now Dusinberre Road), was taken from just north of Main Street, standing in
front of Majestic's Hardware.

The Gardiner Post Office

This photo show the Gardiner Post Office, circa 1900. The address is 129 Main Street, on the south east corner of Main and Arch Streets. The Gardiner Hotel was just west of this location. The Postmaster from 1899 - 1915 was Dr. M.E. Stephens, Physician. The building is an apartment house.
Main Street from Arch Street

This view is looking east on Main Street from just past the corner of Arch Street, and was taken circa 1910.

Number 126 Main Street

This house, address number 126 Main, is on the north side of the street. Gardiner's new Post Office is the
building to the right of it.


The Gardiner Fire House, built 1909.


This building was Gardiner’s first Fire House, and was used as such until the Fire Department moved into a new building on Main Street in 1964.  In 1975, a book exchange club was formed using space in the Gardiner Reformed Church.  By 1977, they needed more space, and the Town Board allowed them to move into the empty Fire House, creating the Gardiner Library. By 2008, the Library had out grown this location, and moved into the then newly built Library building off Farmer’s Turnpike, where it is currently located. This building is currently a private residence.  
Moore's Hotel

This postcard view shows Moore's Hotel, located at what is now 139 Main Street, just west of where the railroad station had been located. At some point, the building also housed the Odd Felows Hall.
Tremper's Garage

This photograph, taken circa 1937, shows the Moore's Hotel building again, but by this time it is Tremper’s Garage, south west corner of Main Street and Station Square.
The Center of Gardiner Village

This postcard from about 1920, titled "Approaching Gardiner," shows the view looking north along the tracks of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, from just about where Farmer's Turnpike crossed the tracks.    In the center of the photo, Callahan's Hotel is the white building right of the tracks.  The building to the left is the old railroad station.  Main Street runs from left to right, crossing the tracks just beyond the station and hotel. North of Main Street, there were a number of commercial establishments along the tracks.
The white building to the far left center is the old firehouse, which, in 1977,  became the 
Gardiner Library, until it moved to its current location in 2008. In the current photo, the rail trail leads off to the north, Station Square to the left, and the old firehouse building still stands at far left. 


The Gardiner Fire of May 21, 1925

The Village suffered a major fire on May 21, 1925, when a funeral parlor, ice house, feed store and sawmill all burned to the ground.  This photo was taken as the ruins still burned along the tracks.  The view is from north of Main Street, looking south. The large building left of the tracks is the Gardiner Hotel (Callahan's), and across from it, the railroad station.  At the far right, just above the wisp of smoke, is Moore's Hotel, and behind it, the old firehouse.  In today's view, we are looking south at Station Square, with Main Street running left to right directly in front of us, the rail trail on the left, and on the right, building that was Moore's Hotel with the old firehouse and first library immediately behind it.

Gardiner Reformed Church and Parsonage

This view, from about 1900-1905, is of the Gardiner Reformed Church and Parsonage on the north side of Main Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The Church was built in 1892-1893, and the Parsonage in 1896. The land for the building was donated by the then President of the Wallkill Valley Rail Road, Floyd  McKinstry.
Part Two

The Terwilliger House

This stone house, built on the banks of the Plattekill Creek, is located on Route 32, just north of Jenkinstown Road. It is thought to be the oldest home in Gardiner.  It was built by Evert Terwilliger, a Dutch settler, and his wife Sarah Freer Terwilliger of New Paltz, a French Huguenot, in 1738.  The house was purchased by Josiah Hasbrouck in 1805, and he resided there during the construction of his mansion on the property.  The house was later
by Hasbrouck's tenant farmers.

The Josiah Hasbrouck House, Locust Lawn

 Josiah Hasbrouck served in the Ulster County Militia during the Revolutionary War, was a member of the New York State Assembly, a U.S.Congressman during the administration of Thomas Jefferson and New Paltz town supervisor. He was a descendant of Huguenot Jean Hasbrouck, one of the original patentees, of New Paltz. In 1805, he and his wife, Sara Decker,  bought the Terwilliger house and adjoining acerage, and began work on their Federal style mansion, completed in 1814, and known as Locust Lawn.  The Estate is located a few miles south of New Paltz, on Route 32.  Descendants of Josiah and Sara occupied the house until 1885.  The home was donated to New Paltz Historic Huguenot Street in 1958, and is now owned and operated by the Locust Grove Estate of Poughkeepsie.  
The Cole-Hasbrouck-Delamater House, Modena

This circa 1905 postcard depicts the Cole-Hasbrouck-Delamater house in Modena, located on the west side of Route 32, just north of the intersection of Routes 44-55. The original house, built around 1820, started out smaller, but lawyer, farmer and sawmill owner John C. Cole, made the first of a series of enlargements to the building.  The next occupant, Joseph E. Hasbrouck Sr., married a Cole, and established a lumber business in Modena.  He also made additions to the house. His son Joseph Jr. lived on a property across from this house, and his daughter named Leah, who married a Delamater, lived in this house, and is still occupied by her son.

Main Street, Modena

This is Main Street, Modena, circa 1910.  The view is looking north, up what is now Route 32 heading towards New Paltz, from what is now the intersection of Routes 44 - 55. The three buildings on the left were the Modena Hotel, the stable/garage, and the general store, built by John C. Cole.  They were then owned by the Hasbroucks, who married into the Cole family. in 1872.  Most recently, the Modena Post Office occupied the first floor of the hotel, but moved to a new location in 1996, leaving the building empty.  It is now owned by the Delamater family, descendants of the Hasbroucks.

The Ireland Corners Hotel 

The Ireland Corners Hotel, foundered by James Clinton in the 1860’s, seen in this c.1910 view, continued under the Benson family until 2002. The building is located at the crossroads of Routes 44-55 and 208, east of the Village of Gardiner. It is currently vacant.

Another View of The Ireland Corners Hotel 

Another view of the Ireland Corners Hotel.

The Farmhouse of Dr. Abraham Deyo

This building, built c. 1840, was the farmhouse of Dr. Abraham Deyo. It is located on the northwest corner of Routes 208 and 44/55, and is now an Ulster Savings Bank.

Saint Charles Roman Catholic Church


Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, from a c. 1900 postcard. Located on the south side of Routes 44-55, just west of the intersection with Route 208.

Tuthilltown Mill

This photo shows the Tuthilltown Mill, about 1949, with then owner, George Smith at the door. The Tuthilltown Mill, also known as the Tuthilltown Grist Mill, is located west of the Village, just off Albany Post Road south of the intersection with Routes 44-55.  The original mill was built in 1788 by Selah Tuthill.  It is located on the Shawangunk Kill, near where it enters the Wallkill River. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Erenzo family are the current owners, and operate Tuthilltown Distillery on the property.

Brand'ts Falls - Tuthilltown Mill

This photo postcard from the first half of the twentieth century appears in Carleton Mabee's "Gardiner and Lake Minnewaska" courtesy of Daryl P. Carr, and is titled "Brandt's Falls, Ganaghote, NY." The view is of the water exiting the Tuthilltown Grist Mill and entering the Shawangunk Kill. The mill was built in 1788 by Selah Tuthill, and was operated by Ludwig Brandt between 1900 - 1941, hence the name of the falls.

The Tuthilltown Schoolhouse

Located on McKinstry Road,  the Tuthilltown School was the second oldest school in the Gardiner School District,
built prior to 1850.  It closed in 1959.  when Marion Ryan took this picture in 1986, the building was being used
as an artist's painting studio.


The Hamlet of Benton's Corners

Located at the intersection of Route 44 - 55 and Bruynswick Road, some of the earliest settlers were from the Schoonmaker family.. In the mid-1800s, James Benton occupied the home and store that stood at the corner. Around 1920, the property was bought by Oscar Hedden, and turned into a hotel and dance hall.  The original building was destroyed by fire in 1938.  A new building replaced it in 1939, and was known as the Crossroads Inn. It has undergone a number of renovations and expansions over the years, and is now known as Lombardi's Italian Restaurant.

The Libertyville Schoolhouse

This one room schoolhouse was built on Libertyville Road, at the junction of the Albany Post Road, in 1838. It was on
the west bank of the Wallkill River, still within the Town of Gardiner. The school was closed in 1929.  It is now a
private residence.  This 1977 photo appears in Carleton Mabee's "Gardiner and Lake Minnewaska" courtesy of
William B. Rhoads.


Kettleborough Road - Route 208 North

This 1890s photo appears in Carleton Mabee's "Gardiner and Lake Minnewaska" courtesy of Carol B. Lefevre, and shows the old unpaved Kettleborough Road, which connected Ireland Corners and New Paltz. The farmhouse was owned by John H. Wurts, and is now the McCord family farm. During the mid-1930s, the State built a concrete paved road from Ireland Corners to New Paltz, which is designated Route 208. The view is looking north.

The Industrial Colony

During the 1890s, a Christian school for underprivileged boys was organized on a farm just north of Ireland corners on the New Paltz Road, now Route 208. Known as the Industrial Colony, it was founded on the idea that training the boys practical industrial skills in a small country setting, rather than in over-crowded institutions in the city, would be the 
most ptoductive.  The Colony was located on the John H. Wurts farm, now the McCord family farm.


The Kettleborough School

Also located on the Ireland Corners-New Paltz Road was the Kettleborough School.  The school was opened during the 1790s, and first served the children of local Huguenot families, then during the 1850s the student body included children of Irish immigrants, who had come to area as farm workers.  The school house was built in 1835, and closed in 1932.  The above photo is from the late 1980s.  

The John A. LeFevre House, Kettleborough

In 1742, Jan LeFevre of New Paltz bought 1000 acres of land from the Kettletas family, a few miles north of Gardiner, on what is now Route 208.  The area became known as Kettleborough, after the Kettletas family name.  Abraham LeFevre built the stone house that still stands there in 1772 for his son, John A. Lefevre.  A number of New Paltz Huguenots married into the LeFevre family over the years, settling in the Kettleborough and Forest Glen area. 
This house was eventually the home of Johnston and Sarah Hasbrouck, and was the residence of Kenneth E. and Alice Hasbrouck from 1948 on. Ken Hasbrouck was the Town Historian in Gardiner,  and the head of the Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz.He died in 1996.