Klyne Esopus Museum

Klyne Esopus Museum Klyne Esopus Museum, the Historical Society of the Town of Esopus, Mission statement: To preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of the town.
Local History Museum

The historical society of the Town of Esopus that has become an active part of the community with activities of local interest. Including an annual seasonal exhibit, Speakers programs by noteworthy individuals, The Recognition Dinner in the Spring that honors people and organizations who have done outstanding work for the museum and the community. The fun filled and tasty June Strawberry Festivalwhich is in its 45th season and the best turkey dinner in the region in October.

Mission: To preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of the Town of Esopus.


Please watch FaceBook for a new Klyne Esopus Museum page. I am no longer the administrator of the site and so far have been unable to transfer it or remove it. I am no longer on the board, since moving out of the area. I wish the KEM board of trustees well and hope they will keep up the good work and programs that the community relies on.
Rosane Balistreri


The Lecture on Sojourner Truth by Anne Gordon, scheduled for Sat. 9/16 will be held at the Town of Esopus Town Hall, not at the museum it will start at 4:15 to allow for the arrival of anyone who might show up at the museum.


Don't forget to attend the lecture at the museum today at 4pm. Sr. Dianne McKenna will speak about Saint Francis X.Cabrini, first American saint and her connection to West Park.NY. along with many of her other great works around the world.
Light refreshments will be served. All welcome.

We are just down the road from Kingston. Located in the former Dutch Reformed Church of Esopus.  Opening for the 2017 se...
Daily Freeman

We are just down the road from Kingston. Located in the former Dutch Reformed Church of Esopus. Opening for the 2017 season June 4 with a new exhibit:" Three Outstanding Women of Esopus".

The visitors viewed historic resources including the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where they took a river cruise aboard the replica 1614 Dutch yacht Onrust. Kingston, New York

Klyne Esopus Museum

Klyne Esopus Museum

Ringing the bell Saturday in celebration of NY State's reading of the first constitution in 1777. Reflection in the glass of others waiting for their turn on the rope.

Ringing the bell Saturday in celebration of NY State's reading of the first constitution in 1777. Reflection in the glas...

Ringing the bell Saturday in celebration of NY State's reading of the first constitution in 1777. Reflection in the glass of others waiting for their turn on the rope.


The bell will ring Saturday April 22 not the 20th. The bill was signed on the 20th but read for the piblic on the courthouse steps on the 22nd.

Kingston Times
Kingston Times

Kingston Times

One hundred years after its founding, the office of superintendent of state police seems to have come full circle.


Spring is finally here and we at the museum are hard at work on many interesting events. The first one is happening this Saturday (4/15/17) at 4pm in the community room of the Town of Esopus Town Hall. The first of the Roger Mabie Speaker Series presents: EVAN PRITCHARD, NOTED NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLAR AND AUTHOR, WILL BE SPEAKING ON

On April 20, NY State will commemorate the anniversary of the 1777 signing of the first NY Constitution that took place at the senate House in Kingston.. All who have the ability are encouraged to ring a bell at noon on that day. The museum will ring the old church bell on this occasion.

The museum's Annual recognition dinner will be held at the Stonehedge Restaurant on May 11. This year we will be honoring The Reformed Church of Port Ewen and Rev. Kevin Slusher, Pastor. With gratitude for all of the good they have done for the museum and the historical community.

The new season's exhibit at the museum will be a celebration of three exceptional women from Esopus. They are; Sojourner Truth, Saint Frances X. Cabrini and Hilda Worthington Smith. The season opens on June 4. More info to follow.

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Michael Lord to Speak on Enslavement on the Hudson

To commemorate Black History Month, the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project is proud to present Michael Lord, Associate Director of Content Development for Historic Hudson Valley, who will make a presentation on Thursday, February 2nd at the Wallace Center at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. Titled "An American Paradox: Enslavement on the Hudson," an overview of Mr. Lord's talk follows. The presentation begins at 7:00pm in the auditorium of the Wallace Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Did you know ...
That the first non-indigenous settler on Manhattan was a man of African descent?
That a plantation economy flourished up and down the banks of the Hudson River?
That the variety of African nationalities in colonial New York equaled or surpassed the number of European nationalities represented?
That enslaved individuals in New York actively resisted using both covert and overt means?
The Igbo of eastern Nigeria have a saying: "Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." Although the history of enslavement in the Hudson River Valley is well documented and researched, its existence and significance to the development of New York's commercial and cultural development continues to be obscured, ignored, or misunderstood by many. Michael A. Lord, Associate Director of Content Development at Historic Hudson Valley, examines the issues, events, and individual choices surrounding enslavement in the Hudson Valley from the perspective of the enslaved. Using the historic site of Philipsburg Manor as a focal point, Lord's presentation traces the development of slavery throughout the Hudson River Valley, and why this most-American of stories continues to be relevant.

A Magna cm laude graduate of Amherst College with degrees in History and Black Studies, Michael A. Lord was introduced to living history as a graduate student at the College of William and Mary. Michael came to Historic Hudson Valley in 1998 as the Associate Director for Reinterpretation, working to create and implement Philipsburg Manor's story of northern colonial enslavement. Currently the Associate Director of Content Development, Michael trains HHV staff at all five historic sites to tell the story of the Hudson Valley. He also writes, produces, and directs museum theater presentations for Historic Hudson Valley and other institutions.


Happy Holidays from the Klyne Esopus Museum
Board of Trustees
Wishing Peace and Joy to all of our members and friends
Thank you for your involvement in the museum's activities this past year; including your donations, participation in our programs, the exhibit and fund raising dinners.
We couldn't do it without you.
We are looking forward to 2017 with lectures, festivities and a new exhibit featuring 3 noteworthy women of Esopus, in observance of the 100th anniversary of
Women's Suffrage in NY State.
Please consider joining as a member if you are not one already and also include us in your year end donations. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Your Board of Trustees:
Rosane Balistreri
Steve Sickler
Jon Herring
Kathie Quick
Anne Gordon
Essi Zahedi
Barbara Barton
Joanne Steele
Herb Wilcox
Dan Terpening
Vince DeStasio
Joe Famiglietti
Betty Stanzione

This year's annual membership meeting will take place February 19 at the Town of Esopus Hall,
The 2017 season opens on the first Sunday in June.
Send mail to: Klyne Esopus Museum, PO Box 751, Port Ewen, NY 12466


KEM will present Vernon Benjamin speaking at the Town of Esopus Town Hall in Port Ewen, on his new book, History of the Hudson Valley Saturday 11/19/16 @4:00pm. The book will be available to purchase.


Klyne Esopus Members and Friends,
On Sunday October 9th, between the hours of 1-4pm, the Klyne will again be participating in "A Taste of History" along with other members of the Mid Hudson Historical Destinations group. The past 2 years we have had a great response to this event which was tied into out theme of Native American artifacts. This year we will celebrate our Dutch heritage with tastes of Dutch Treats. Samples of cakes, pies, candy, cookies and more will be available to those who attend. Admission is free, donations are always appreciated, suggested $5.00 or what you wish.


The museum opens Sunday June 5. Come see Hunting & Fishing in Esopus. The guys and kids will love it. 1-4 Sunday & Monday.

Photo from The Town of Esopus Story "Red Book"

Photo from The Town of Esopus Story "Red Book"


The Klyne Esopus Museum opens for the season June 5 @ 1pm.
The new special exhibit is Hunting & Fishing in Esopus. Thanks to the West Esopus Landowners Assoc. For the loan of amazing materials as well as other private collectors. Bring the family to see items of old used in these sports and occupations. A wonderful assortment of taxidermy is included in the display.
Museum hours are Friday through Monday 1 to 4pm until Columbus weekend in October.


We are preparing for our 12th Annual Recognition Dinner. This year we are honoring an incredible variety of community minded people. On May 12th we will celebrate these individuals; Anne Gordon, Sue McConekey, Fred & Marion Zimmer and Bea Moore.
Starting at 6:00PM at the Stonehedge Restaurant for cocktails and silent auction with dinner and presentations to follow at 7. This is one of the museum's primary annual fundraisers so we are looking forward to a good turnout and active auction bidding. To reserve tickets or donate auction items or just make a donation you may call 845 340-9289 or email: [email protected]. or USPS: KEM, PO Box 751, Port Ewen, NY 12466
Hope to see you then. Rosane


Klyne Esopus Museum Trustees oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline endangerment of Historic Wooden Bridge

The Trustees of the Klyne Esopus Museum voted unanimously on March 12, 2016 to declare their objection to any disturbance of Perrine's Bridge or the area surrounding it by the proposed route and construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline. Built in 1835, Perrine's Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, is a rare example of a Burr-truss style wooden covered bridge.

"The bridge has historic importance and should be protected by the New York State Historic Preservation Office", said Rosane Balistreri, trustee president. "We are joining the Town of Esopus Supervisor, DIane McCord, and the Town Board in making known our objections". The bridge lies to the east of the Thruway, spanning the Wallkill River, in the path of the proposed pipeline.


We are looking for items for our upcoming exhibit. "Hunting & Fishing in Esopus". If you have anything pertaining to this subject that you are willing to lend please notify us. Photographs, memorabilia, taxidermy, equipment,what ever

Here it is. Thank you Lisa Carbone

Here it is. Thank you Lisa Carbone

Be sure to stop by the Bevier House Museum/ Ulster Co. Historical Society to see the gingerbread replicas of historical ...

Be sure to stop by the Bevier House Museum/ Ulster Co. Historical Society to see the gingerbread replicas of historical building in Ulster County. Including our beloved former church the Klyne Esopus Museum. Pictures to follow.


We had an overflow crowd at the Esopus Town Hall yesterday for Andy Angstrom's fun and enlightening presentation of "Backyard Archeology". thanks to Andy and all who attended. Watch for next season's speaker's series starting in the Spring.


A great big thank you to everyone who attended the Turkey Dinner. It was a big success.
Especially to all of the volunteers who did a fantastic job,
Next event Roger Mabie Speaker's Series lecture at the Town of Esopus Town Hall 4pm Saturday November 21. Andy Angstrom speaking on "Backyard Archeology".


Turkey Dinner today. 5 to 7pm at The Reformed Church of Port Ewen. Bring the family.


A big thank you to all who participated in the Taste of History at the museum Sunday. Special thanks to the Port Ewen Pharmacy for their sponsorship, P.E. Liquor Store, Rainbow Diner, Green's Florist and Maynard Farm for their participation. A tasty good time was had by all.

The museum is now closed for the season but look forward to coming again the first Sunday in June 2016. Meanwhile our annual Turkey Dinner will be October 24th held at the Port Ewen Reformed Church come for the best turkey with all the trimmings in the region. Also November 21 the Roger Mabie Speaker's Series continues at the Esopus Town Hall with Andy Angstrom speaking on Backyard Archeology 4PM.

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Klyne-Esopus Museum, Ulster park, NY, October 11, 2015, 1 - 4 PM;
Van Wyck Homestead (Fsihkill Historical Soc.), Fishkill, NY, October 10-11, 2015, 1 - 4 PM; Reformed Church, Fishkill., NY, October 11, 2015, 1- 4 PM. Check respective web sites for info.

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Monday's Woman - Sojourner Truth, ca 1797 - 1883. Born a slave on a farm in Esopus, Truth was sold at the age of nine to another area farmer. Eventually, she ran away. When her son was sold out-of-state, Truth took legal action for his return and won. That was unheard of 200 years ago. She went on to become a spokesperson for women’s issues, an abolitionist, and a preacher. She has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. www.klyneesopusmuseum.us


Don't forget A Taste of History today 1-4pm at the museum

Celebrate with the Klyne Esopus Museum Sunday in Ulster Park too.

Celebrate with the Klyne Esopus Museum Sunday in Ulster Park too.

CELEBRATE "A TASTE OF HISTORY", OCTOBER 10-11, 2015. Hopewell RR Depot, 36 Railroad St., Hopewell Jct., NY will be open Saturday and Sunday October 10 & 11, 2015 for tours of the railroad depot which includes a model of the town that highlights the various places in town when buttons are clicked and a model rail car which kids can “ride”. There will be snack bags for the visitors. Collaboration with local restaurants is planned.

In and around the museum

In and around the museum

In and around the museum

Klyne Esopus Museum's cover photo

Klyne Esopus Museum's cover photo

Housed in a landmarked former Dutch Reformed church built in 1827.

Housed in a landmarked former Dutch Reformed church built in 1827.

Klyne Esopus Museum

Klyne Esopus Museum


764 Route 9W
Ulster Park, NY

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Hours of operation: Friday through Monday from June to October 1:00pm- 4:00pm.


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My fourth great grandparents, Cornelius Relyea and Mary Beaver, are among my ancestors on this list of those buried at the Beaver Family Cemetery on Black Creek Road in Esopus. I want to thank Richard Barley for calling it to my attention. http://www.onentofl.com/tcsnyulsESObea.html My third great grandparents, John Relyea and Marie Weismiller, seem to have disappeared, and their children distributed out to other family members. My great great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Relyea (1835-1890), lived with her grandparents at one point, while her brother John (1850-1901, spending his last years on Blackwell’s Island with paralysis) lived with an uncle.