The Historical Society of the Nyacks’ 2019 Walking Tour Dates have been set, kicking off with Oak Hill Cemetery in April.
Tours take place on Sundays and begin at 2p.m. The Historical Society of the Nyacks asks for a $5 donation to help support our programs and exhibits.
The dates are as follows:
September 22nd – Downtown Nyack
October 6th – South Nyack
October 20th – Oak Hill Cemetery
See the descriptions and meeting points below:
Oak Hill Cemetery – April 28th & October 20th
Walk scenic Oak Hill Cemetery & celebrate the lives of many “permanent residents” of the Nyacks who made their mark on the national, state, and local stages. Actress Helen Hayes, playwrights Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, artist Edward Hopper, author Carson McCullers and some of the earliest settlers of the Nyacks are buried here. Meet 2pm at the Cemetery entrance gate, Route 9W, between Sickles Avenue and 5th Avenue.
Hopper’s Nyack – May 26th
Born and raised in Nyack, Hopper said that “in every artist;s development the gem of the later work is always found in the earlier. What he one was, he always is.” See Nyack through his eyes. This tour highlights the influence of light, water, and architecture. Meet 2pm at the front of the Edward Hopper House, at 82 N. Broadway.
South Nyack – June 9th & October 6th
Visit the homes of Carson McCullers (author of Member of the Wedding), Hudson River school painter Julian O. Davidson, versatile artist Mortimer Borne, and others. See four Victorians in a row on South Broadway and many others with their floral stained glass entries, palladian widows, mansard roofs, pattern roof shingles and elaborate roof-supporting brackets. Meet 2pm at the southwest corner of S. Broadway and Cedar Hill Avenue.
Upper Nyack – June 23rd
This tour begins across from “Pretty Penny” the former residence of Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur and proceeds north on Broadway past a string of remarkably detailed Victorian mansions, a fire company, and sites of early ship building and commerce. Meet 2pm at the northwest corner of S. Broadway and 6th Avenue.
Downtown Nyack – September 22nd
Trace Nyack’s growth from a small river village to a major commercial and manufacturing center during the Gilded Age when Nyack was called the “Gem of the Hudson.” See many of the same buildings that were present at the turn of the century when Nyack was the center of Rockland County life. Meet 2pm at the foot of Main Street (near where Gedney Street meets Main).