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In its middle reaches the Casperkill flows through about a mile of forested rolling hills on the Casperkill Golf course.  The picture above shows what this stretch of land looked like prior to the construction of the golf course.  This image was taken from Joyce C. Ghee and Joan Spence’s Poughkeepsie 1898-1998: A Century of […]

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Anyone who has ever gone along Boardman Road will have seen the attractive “Cliffdale” estate. Also known as the Kenyon House, the estate is currently occupied by the Poughkeepsie Day School.
The impressive 23-room house was built between 1909 and 1913 by the famous raincoat and tire manufacturer Clarence Kenyon. After his death, the property was […]

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Phyllis Davison Teasdale graduated from Vassar College in 1943
Phillys Teasdale is 87 years old. Having spent most of her life in the Casperkill watershed, Mrs. Teasdale has many fond memories of events and locations along the Creek.  Her son Chris grew up on Boardman Road, where he remembers playing in the big playground that […]

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This house, now a law office, was the main farmhouse at Hampton Farms

Jim Warner is 80 years old. He has lived his whole life in Poughkeepsie, so he remembers the transition from agriculture to industry that took place within the Casperkill watershed over the course of the 20th century. Mr. Warner himself was part of […]

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The Rochambeau Motel

Between 1951 and 1968, Vinnie Bihn’s parents ran an inn on Route 9 called the Rochambeau Motel. At the time, they lived in a house on a hill overlooking the motel property, which included a pond created by damming the Casperkill. The motel has changed owners, but Vinnie Bihn still lives in his childhood home. […]

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Harvey Flad is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Vassar College. Appointed to the faculty in 1972, he played an important role in the development of multidisciplinary programs in American Culture, Environmental Studies and Urban Studies. He has lived in the City of Poughkeepsie for 30 years.
On June 21st, Professor Harvey Flad joined us for a […]

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