In 2008, the Pittstown Historical Society secured a Preserve New York grant of $8,000 for an intensive-level survey of Pittstown’s historic farmsteads. Nearly all of the farms studied had two or more intact historic outbuildings, including barns, silos, dairy sheds, and icehouses. Sprawl and development threaten this agricultural community and landscape, with its wealth of intact historic farmsteads.
In 2010, another Preserve New York grant of Grant of $7,500 helped support the cost of completion of a National Register Multiple Resource Documentation Form for historic Pittstown farmsteads. 12 of the farmsteads were subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the property owners are now eligible for New York State Historic Tax Credits for repairs they make on their properties.
Most recently, in 2016, the Village of Valley Falls received a Preserve New York grant of $5,500 to complete a National Register Nomination. The Village, located in the town of Pittstown and incorporated in 1907, retains an impressive array of historic residential structures that date from the 1830s through the present day. Located on the Hoosic River, the village had a long manufacturing history including providing gunpowder during the Civil War, production of twine and rope, and an 1871 textile mill which burned in 2009.
On Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., preservation consultant Jessie Ravage will give a talk on the Ludovicus L. Viele and Slocum Family Mills at Valley Falls, ca.1810-60. The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at the Pittstown Town Hall in Tomhannock.
Ravage uncovered the history of these early mills while she was preparing the Historic District nomination for the village of Valley Falls.
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