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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The Century House Historical Society is located on the Snyder Estate, at 668 Rt. 213 in Rosendale, NY. The Society's mis...
05/28/2020
Century House Historical Society – Cementing history and the arts

The Century House Historical Society is located on the Snyder Estate, at 668 Rt. 213 in Rosendale, NY. The Society's mission is to promote the history of the Rosendale Cement district, and the role the Snyder family played in it. The Snyder Estate is known for the Widow Jane Mine, the only publicly accessible former cement mine in the district, the Society's Museum and carriage collection, and the trails around the estate. The estate is free for members to visit, and a small donation is requested for others.�

Normally, the Society opens up the museum on Sundays during the summer and holds events in the mine that benefit the Society. Those activities have been put on hold this year. Nevertheless, the Estate was open earlier this year for responsible hiking and visits to the mine.

��As other outdoor sites in the area grew more restricted, we saw an increase in site visits and trail usage. Unfortunately, along with this increase were a few outliers who were not behaving responsibly. Graffiti appeared, and people were using the society's parking lot while they went off the property. In one tragic case, a dog died and another was severely injured after falling in mines adjacent to the estate. The Society Board decided to close the site immediately to address these safety issues.

��While the site has been closed, new fencing has been put up by our neighbors, Iron Mountain at Rosendale, that clearly demarcates the border between our two properties. New signage has been put up, making it clearer where the borders and trails are on the estate. Coronavirus related reminders have also been posted. ��

A new self guided tour map should be available soon as well. We're also taking this time to put up new safety fencing in areas that were newly cleared earlier this year. ��When these projects are complete, we will be reopening the site again for hiking. The Museum, official opening, and mine related events are still on hold. �Watch social media and our official website, https://www.centuryhouse.org, for details on reopening.

�The Society, like other parks around New York, is waiting for state and local guidance on how best to operate for the rest of the year. Some events may be reconfigured to operate virtually without audiences, and there may be some small lectures from the museum as well. ��Other society projects, such as site maintenance and repairs, archive organization, and carriage research are being carried on in a cautious manner. We'd like to thank our members, partners, and sponsors for supporting us while our usual sources of income, tours and concerts, are not possible right now. �

-- Henry Lowengard, President, CHHS Board of Trustees

05/16/2020

The Snyder Estate and Widow Jane Mine are closed until further notice.

Mother's Day is usually the official start of the Century House Season: The museum opens, some refreshments are availabl...
05/10/2020

Mother's Day is usually the official start of the Century House Season: The museum opens, some refreshments are available, and Steven Schimmrich gives a geology walk.
That's not happening this year until people can gather together again safely.

Meanwhile, this postcard is in the museum in the "Ulster County Vacation" display case:

Still working on trees near the parking lot, so the Estate is still closed.
05/09/2020

Still working on trees near the parking lot, so the Estate is still closed.

05/08/2020

The Snyder Estate is Closed today for some tree work!

05/05/2020

The Electric lines have been repaired, and so the Snyder Estate will be open again tomorrow.

Normally, Mother's Day is opening day for the CHHS season, but we certainly aren't in any kind of normal, so all our events are on hold until it safe for the public to congregate.

We still have events scheduled for the back half of the season, in the hope that they can go on in some fashion.

05/04/2020

PLEASE NOTE! THE SNYDERS ESTATE / CENTURY HOUSE/ WIDOW JANE MINE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO ELECTRIC LINES BEING DOWN.
Thank you for your patience.

Thanks to the many who came out to clean up the Snyder Canal Slip today! Here's a report on the slip from 2011, when tha...
03/07/2020
The Snyder Canal Slip – Century House Historical Society

Thanks to the many who came out to clean up the Snyder Canal Slip today! Here's a report on the slip from 2011, when that stretch of Route 213 underwent reconstruction:
https://www.centuryhouse.org/the-snyder-canal-slip/

The Snyder Canal Slip The Delaware and Hudson Canal went right past the Snyder estate. The Snyder factory had its own canal slip connected to the canal, which was used to transport coal into the factory for use in the kilns, and to take cement out of the factory to the Hudson river and beyond. In th...

Just thought I'd remind you fans of the CHHS to nominate us for a Chronogrammie! Enough nomination votes will put us on ...
02/21/2020
The Century House Historical Society

Just thought I'd remind you fans of the CHHS to nominate us for a Chronogrammie! Enough nomination votes will put us on the ballot! NO DEBATES ARE NECESSARY!

The Chronogrammies are here! You can vote for the CHHS three ways:

- as a historical Museum (CHHS)
- as a Picnic spot (Snyder Estate)
- as a Performance Space (Widow Jane Mine)

The Chronogrammies are here! You can vote for the CHHS three ways: - as a historical Museum (CHHS) - as a Picnic spot (S...
02/04/2020
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The Chronogrammies are here! You can vote for the CHHS three ways:

- as a historical Museum (CHHS)
- as a Picnic spot (Snyder Estate)
- as a Performance Space (Widow Jane Mine)

Chronogrammies 2020

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...

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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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A 360 video of the stream on the Estate. This is just the start of an effort to get the entire grounds on 4K video and 360 video.
Widow Jane Mine Photo by Justin Goodhart
Carriage house selfies at the barn museum until 4p m today.
Next Sunday, May 12 - Come join us!
This Sunday!