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South Gate

A rough outline of the Hampton Farms property in South Gate
South Gate is one of several residential suburbs in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Now almost completely covered by housing developments, the area was once all farmland.
Up until 1941 Jim Warner’s family owned an apple farm called Hampton Farms. He still remembers what the lay […]

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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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Professor Lucy Johnson at the U-puku-ipi-sing site
Last Friday, as part of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month, archeologist Lucy Johnson of Vassar College led a walk-and-talk to a very special place in local history. She took us to the spring, known as U-puku-ipi-sing, which gave Poughkeepsie its name. Although it is not located within the Casperkill watershed, […]

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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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South Road, c. 1900

Route 9 is a major north-south highway that runs parallel to the Hudson River through the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. The section of Route 9 that goes through the Casperkill watershed and over the Creek as it flows out of the IBM Country Club is known as […]

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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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