The Century House Historical Society

The Century House Historical Society Industrial History/Education/Preservation/Art/Cultural Events
Also known as the "Snyder Estate," we are home to the Widow Jane Mine, an historic cement mine that is the perfect environment for all sorts of arts events. We've recently hosted Taiko drumming, an annual Subterranean Poetry Festival, fencing tournaments, and many concerts and plays. We also have a museum dedicated to the history of the natural cement industry that helped build America. "Rosendale Natural" can be found at many historic sites, including the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Best wishes for this holiday season from the CHHS!
12/24/2019

Best wishes for this holiday season from the CHHS!

The Widow Jane Mine is now too icy to visit. Stay safe - stay out of the Mine!
12/20/2019

The Widow Jane Mine is now too icy to visit. Stay safe - stay out of the Mine!

Thanks to John Cox of Quercus Cooperage for the excellent talk today at the CHHS Annual Meeting!
12/07/2019

Thanks to John Cox of Quercus Cooperage for the excellent talk today at the CHHS Annual Meeting!

How to find the Snyder Estate on Rt 213:
10/25/2019

How to find the Snyder Estate on Rt 213:

Check out the awesome new sign at the Snyder Estate in Rosendale, home to the historic Century House Museum and famed Widow Jane Mine.

10/10/2019

Please come out to the
Snyder Estate this Sunday October 13th,
for 👩‍🌾FALL CLEAN UP DAY👨‍🌾 !
10am - 2pm!

09/13/2019

Tomorrow! The Scottish play, transported underground in the mystical environs of the Widow Jane Mine!

Thanks for coming out to the 29th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival!
09/08/2019

Thanks for coming out to the 29th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival!

The Snyder Estate is closed today for Road Maintenance.It's back open tomorrow for Mamalama y Andes Manta!
08/23/2019

The Snyder Estate is closed today for Road Maintenance.

It's back open tomorrow for Mamalama y Andes Manta!

Victorian Picnic at the Snyder Estate!
08/04/2019

Victorian Picnic at the Snyder Estate!

Widow Jane Mine
07/30/2019

Widow Jane Mine

On this day in 1942, our founder Dietrich Werner was born. He would have been 77 today. Dietrich loved his children, lively debate, justice, history, and Rosendale – in that order. With vision and guts that are still a power of example to us, he stewarded this property into a public trust for all to enjoy. Learn more about his life here. http://www.centuryhouse.org/Next/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2010sprg.pdf

07/27/2019

Just a reminder that the site is closed today (July 27th), but will be back open to the public tomorrow - a great day to come down and draw, paint, or photo the Snyder Estate!

The Snyder Estate is closed on Saturday July 27th , but back open on the 28th, and it'll be a great time to drop by and ...
07/24/2019

The Snyder Estate is closed on Saturday July 27th , but back open on the 28th, and it'll be a great time to drop by and take some photos or sketch or paint the mine, the carriages and sleighs, the trees and statues!

Christmas in July! Take a selfie on the sleigh!
07/21/2019

Christmas in July! Take a selfie on the sleigh!

07/21/2019

It's hotter than H-E-double-hockey-sticks, but let me tell you: the Underworld gets a bad rap. The Widow Jane Mine is refreshingly cool to visit.
Open today, mix it in with your Rosendale Street Festival ramble!
The CHHS will also be at the Street Fest, so visit and take a selfie on the beautiful Phaeton carriage!

07/21/2019
Widow Jane Mine

Open Sunday As well, with all these amenities!

The Widow Jane Mine is OPEN today (Sunday, July 21st) during Rosendale Street Festival for the first time since 2003! It's an organic 61 degrees in the mine - come cool off after your festival exertions. Feel free to visit our donation box as well. See the carriage collection album for pics of the carriages on display at the festival.

Carriages on display at the Snyder Estate and the Rosendale Street Festival. More carriages tomorrow!
07/20/2019

Carriages on display at the Snyder Estate and the Rosendale Street Festival. More carriages tomorrow!

Carriage Collection at the AJ Snyder Estate Museum

07/17/2019
Taiko Masala in the Widow Jane Mine

Here's a little taste of why Taiko Masala is such a popular event at the Widow Jane Mine! Thanks, Duffy!

https://youtu.be/E8_1jB4CEXw

Heartfelt thanks to Taiko Masala for bringing the rolling thunder of the taiko drums to the Widow Jane Mine. You are a part of our history now as we are a pa...

Thanks for coming out 300 strong today for Taiko Masala!
07/15/2019

Thanks for coming out 300 strong today for Taiko Masala!

Widow Jane Mine
07/14/2019

Widow Jane Mine

GATES CLOSED TODAY UNTIL 2PM when they open only for event parking. We welcome TAIKO DRUMMING back to the Widow Jane Mine from 3 to 5. Admission is $20.00. There are things in our lived experience that cannot be digested and delivered to us in a video or photo. Taiko Masala - beloved of our founder and now internationally famous - have played to benefit and preserve this property for decades. No other experience is this concert. We love and welcome the drummers of Taiko Masala back to the Widow Jane. See the video here - https://www.facebook.com/WidowJaneMine/videos/1362680923785236/

Some carriages were out today at the Century House Historical Society Museum.
07/07/2019

Some carriages were out today at the Century House Historical Society Museum.

07/07/2019
Widow Jane Mine

Widow Jane Mine

Live from the carriage museum at The Century House Historical Society home of the Widow Jane Mine. Come take carriage selfies - museum is open.

Widow Jane Mine
07/07/2019

Widow Jane Mine

Carriage Collection at the AJ Snyder Estate Museum

Look for the banner on Saturday!
07/04/2019

Look for the banner on Saturday!

06/23/2019

If you lost a credit card at the Century House Historical Society / Widow Jane Mine this week, contact me (Henry Lowengard) at [email protected], and we'll see about getting it back to you!

Come on down, cool off, and play your horns, reeds, woodwinds in the Mine !
06/23/2019

Come on down, cool off, and play your horns, reeds, woodwinds in the Mine !

A large shady limb of the big Willow Tree at the entrance to the estate came down this weekend. It's been cleared, and n...
06/18/2019

A large shady limb of the big Willow Tree at the entrance to the estate came down this weekend. It's been cleared, and none of our new structures like the railing or Kiosk were damaged. Thanks to Althea Werner, site coordinator, for coordinating the cleanup!

The Snyder Estate - Century House Museum & Widow Jane Mine are closed this weekend for a private Event! Back to normal o...
06/08/2019

The Snyder Estate - Century House Museum & Widow Jane Mine are closed this weekend for a private Event! Back to normal on Monday, June 10!

Scenes from the Wallkill Valley Land Trust House Tour: Century House version.
06/02/2019

Scenes from the Wallkill Valley Land Trust House Tour: Century House version.

If you missed the Historic House Tour today, this is what the INSIDE of the Snyder House looks like. The Outside of the house and grounds underwent some major improvements in preparation for inclusion in this wonderful event.

When next you visit the CHHS, you'll see this new Kiosk!And speaking of visiting, Tomorrow (June 1), the Wallkill Valley...
06/01/2019

When next you visit the CHHS, you'll see this new Kiosk!

And speaking of visiting, Tomorrow (June 1), the Wallkill Valley Land Trust House Tour will be visiting the Snyder Estate and the rarely viewed Century House itself.

https://www.wallkillvalleylt.org

Take a look at the Century House A.J. Snyder II  Carriage and Sleigh collection! See it in person next time you come by ...
05/27/2019

Take a look at the Century House A.J. Snyder II Carriage and Sleigh collection! See it in person next time you come by for a visit!

A.J. Snyder II had quite a collection of sleighs and carriages, which are mostly kept in the dark in the carriage house....
05/26/2019

A.J. Snyder II had quite a collection of sleighs and carriages, which are mostly kept in the dark in the carriage house. So we replaced some lightbulbs and are greasing up the carriages so they can be taken out and displayed. We're hoping to have a Carriage Day this year! If anyone would like to help us organize that and volunteer some draft horses, email [email protected]!

Pictured: the Ladies Basket Phaeton.

The Century House Historical Society
05/12/2019

The Century House Historical Society

Mother's Day is Opening day at the Century House Historical Society! Grab an umbrella and join us for a Geology walk with Steven Schimmrich through time and around the estate!

Mother's Day is Opening day at the Century House Historical Society! Grab an umbrella and join us for a Geology walk wit...
05/12/2019

Mother's Day is Opening day at the Century House Historical Society! Grab an umbrella and join us for a Geology walk with Steven Schimmrich through time and around the estate!

04/08/2019
The Snyder Estate sports some New Landscaping and a welcoming Gazebo!
04/07/2019

The Snyder Estate sports some New Landscaping and a welcoming Gazebo!

01/24/2019

ATTENTION!
The Snyder Estate and Widow Jane Mine are currently closed until further notice due to excessive and dangerous ice!

Please stay safe – we’ll reopen after the thaw.

12/08/2018
Mamalama & Andes Manta in the Widow Jane Mine 2018

What's it like to be at a concert in the Widow Jane Mine? This video of the Mamalama / Andes Manta concert will give you an idea! Reserve 90 minutes and enjoy!
https://vimeo.com/305109083

The Widow Jane Mine presented Mamalama and Andes Manta playing together in an afternoon of music INSIDE the earth, in a collaborative 75 minute, continuous flow…

11/08/2018

Here's a little giffy-stereogram of the Rosendale Trestle & Joppenbergh mine.

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The Snyder Estate 668 Route 213
Rosendale, NY
12472-0150

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Museum Open/Tours: Sunday afternoons 1 - 4 (May - Sept) Daily self-guided walks from sunrise - 6pm

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