The Historical Society of the Nyacks is proud to announce dates for our 2021 Walking Tours! Explore the Nyacks with us and learn about the people and locations that have helped make our villages the unique places they are today. All tours start at 2pm. See where to meet your guide at the end of each tour’s description. To help cover the costs of maintaining our exhibit space, publicity, and future programs, the Historical Society of the Nyacks asks for a $10 donation from participants.
May 2 – South Nyack
June 13 – South Nyack
Sept. 19 – Downtown Nyack
Sept. 26 – Children’s Walking Tour
Oct. 24 – Oak Hill Cemetery
See all the tour descriptions below:
South Nyack – May 2 & June 13
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 (exterior only) 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.
Downtown Nyack – September 19
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).
Children’s Walking Tour – September 26
A children’s tour for ages 6-12. Learn about the Nyack Library, the Historical Society Museum, and our wonderful Memorial Park! Meet 2pm in front of Couch Court: 46 South Broadway (on the corner of South Broadway and DePew Ave.)
Oak Hill Cemetery – October 24
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.