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.

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.

10/28/2018
Widow Jane Mine

Thanks to all GoFundMe contributors!

Thanks to the supporters who contributed $1600.00 for the restoration of the Brooklyn Bridge Gate! As you see, repairs are now completed. Contributions from afar are still welcome on the go fund me page. Your tax deductible donations are used for the restoration and maintenance of the property. Please join us at the annual meeting on December 8th from 1-3 at the Rosendale Rec. Center. https://www.facebook.com/events/588268111603283/

The 28th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival, thanks to Christopher Funkhouser, here: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound...
10/19/2018
PennSound: Subterranean Poetry Festival

The 28th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival, thanks to Christopher Funkhouser, here: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Subterranean.php

Again asked to “curate” this unique annual event held in Rosendale, NY, I unintentionally brought together writers whose places of residence are equally balanced between nearby regions known as “upstate” and “city”. A moist year for the annual Festival at Widow Jane Mine! Not only did th...

Please help us fund this project (donate, share, etc)!  https://www.gofundme.com/help-repair-the-snyder-estate-gate?fbcl...
10/15/2018
Click here to support Help repair the Snyder Estate gate organized by Century House Historical Society

Please help us fund this project (donate, share, etc)! https://www.gofundme.com/help-repair-the-snyder-estate-gate?fbclid=IwAR1PiX6qOWGtHkvwQFA6OVZKtv5bsq81c7zO_gR3L4XMqmJMa1WF8qHvV4E

Have you ever noticed that the gates to the Snyder Estate, home to the famed Widow Jane mine in Rosendale, look a lot like the Brooklyn Bridge? Well, it's not an accident! The gates were built by the Snyder family to evoke the fabled structure in honor of the role Rosendale cement played in its...

Come on down to the Snyder Estate for Fall Clean- Up Day Today! 10 - 2!
10/14/2018

Come on down to the Snyder Estate for Fall Clean- Up Day Today! 10 - 2!

The construction is done, and the Snyder Estate is visit worthy and dog-walkable again! Please consider coming by and sp...
10/04/2018

The construction is done, and the Snyder Estate is visit worthy and dog-walkable again! Please consider coming by and sprucing up on Fall Spruce-up day October 14th!

The Snyder Estate is currently closed to the public while the bridge railings are finally being repaired!
09/27/2018

The Snyder Estate is currently closed to the public while the bridge railings are finally being repaired!

07/19/2018

This is just a reminder that due to the Rosendale Street Festival this weekend (July 21-22), the Snyder Estate will be closed.

On this date in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened. The bridge used lots and lots of Rosendale Natural Cement, and that's ...
05/24/2018

On this date in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened. The bridge used lots and lots of Rosendale Natural Cement, and that's why the gates of the Snyder Estate are made in the image of the Brooklyn Bridge!

Thanks for coming out for Opening Day 2018! About 100 people came out for Steve Schimmrich's Geology walk, and a good ti...
05/14/2018

Thanks for coming out for Opening Day 2018! About 100 people came out for Steve Schimmrich's Geology walk, and a good time was had by all!

04/30/2018

Please join us on Sunday, May 13th at 1pm to celebrate the opening of our property and museum for the 2018 season. On hand will be CHHS Board of Trustee Professor Steve Schimmrich, who will lead a geology walk around the property. See you there! Rain or shine!

Two days of tree work by the talented & professional crew from Limber Tree Services! Great appreciation for donations ma...
01/19/2018

Two days of tree work by the talented & professional crew from Limber Tree Services! Great appreciation for donations made by members & friends of the historical society that made this important work possible. More to be done with continued support to keep the Snyder Estate beautiful & safe.

Welcome to Katy Weber, our newest addition to the CHHS Board of Trustees. Katy Weber lives in Rosendale with her husband...
12/06/2017

Welcome to Katy Weber, our newest addition to the CHHS Board of Trustees. Katy Weber lives in Rosendale with her husband, Matthew, and their 2 kids. When she’s not walking her dog, Mabel, on the grounds of the Snyder Estate, Katy is a speaker, author and coach who specializes in non-diet approaches to wellness. Her new book, Worth It: A Journey to Food & Body Freedom, can be found on Amazon. Visit www.worthitwithkaty.com to find out more.

Do you love CHHS?  Please include Century House Historical Society in your holiday giving.  As an all-volunteer, not-for...
12/02/2017
Membership – Century House Historical Society

Do you love CHHS? Please include Century House Historical Society in your holiday giving. As an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, we depend on your charitable contributions. To find out more about donating and becoming a member, visit our website here: http://www.centuryhouse.org/the-society/membership/

Membership We are an all-volunteer organization. The Snyder Estate is owned by The Century House Historical Society. The Estate is located in a Federal and State designated Historic District. Everything you see around you: maintenance of over twenty acres, the care of our buildings and collections,?...

See you on Saturday for the Century House 2017 Annual Meeting!  https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2017/11/30/hudson-valley-rui...
12/01/2017
“Hudson Valley Ruins” talk in Rosendale

See you on Saturday for the Century House 2017 Annual Meeting! https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2017/11/30/hudson-valley-ruins-talk-in-rosendale/

Saturday, Dec. 2: There will be a presentation by Tom Rinaldi and Rob Yasinsac, explorer/author/photographers who together created the book Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. The pair have focused their research on lesser-known historical sites where, “in spite of t...

10/19/2017
PennSound: Subterranean Poetry Festival

This year's SubPOFest archived at PennSound!

The 27th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival, an event always held in Widow Jane Mine on the grounds of Century House Historical Society in Rosendale NY, took place on September 10, 2017. I was asked by poet Anne Gorrick, who works closely with Century House, to “curate” this year’s rendition (past…

Fall Clean-Up  2017. Big thanks to the volunteers! Look forward to the site opening again on Mother's Day.
10/15/2017

Fall Clean-Up 2017. Big thanks to the volunteers! Look forward to the site opening again on Mother's Day.

SUNY New Paltz Sonic Measures class at the Widow Jane Mine. Michael Asbill (professor & artist) teamed up with Jeffrey B...
09/19/2017

SUNY New Paltz Sonic Measures class at the Widow Jane Mine. Michael Asbill (professor & artist) teamed up with Jeffrey Benjamin (Century House Historical Society trustee & Acoustic Archaeologist) to teach the class.

You can listen to a sound piece composed by Eric Somers in the Widow Jane Mine here: http://theaudiopenguin.com/wordpres...
08/23/2017
ODYSSEY OF A SOUND COMPOSER - PT. 3 of 4 - The Audio Penguin

You can listen to a sound piece composed by Eric Somers in the Widow Jane Mine here: http://theaudiopenguin.com/wordpress/odyssey-sound-composer-pt-3-4/

SOUNDSCAPES This is part three of a four-part series about my own odyssey as a sound composer/designer. It is an expanded version of the topics I presented at Invisible Places 2017, held in Ponta Delgada, Azores, in April 2017. In part two of this series I described how I have used algorithmic tech...

Two choice pieces from the collections of The Century House Historical Society. Clipping of working a narrow area of roc...
08/15/2017

Two choice pieces from the collections of The Century House Historical Society. Clipping of working a narrow area of rock & photo of train passing through Binnewater dated 1917.

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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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