Roof construction begins on historic Delaware & Hudson Canal-Era building - BlueStone Press
November 13, 2018
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Roof construction begins on historic Delaware & Hudson Canal-Era building

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Restoration of the DePuy Canal House in High Falls has begun. The Delaware & Hudson Canal Historical Society has hired Yankee Construction to install a historically appropriate wood shingle roof, supported by a new framing system, on this impressive building that dates from 1797. The roof work, which should be completed by autumn, represents the first step of an extensive project to preserve this historic structure and prepare it for use as the Society’s new museum. In addition, the one-story covered porch that parallels Route 213 will be restored to approximate its 19th-century appearance. The building initially housed a tavern and general store, and was later purchased by the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company to house its offices. The D&H Canal Historical Society acquired the DePuy Canal House, which is listed on the National Historic Register, in 2015, with the help of the Open Space Institute and the New York State Office For Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Reflecting on the work required to get the renovation underway, the Society’s executive director, Jack Braunlein, said, “We are delighted work has begun on the Canal House, which signals not only the beginning of the new museum, but a new era for the historical society and High Falls, as well.”

In addition to interactive exhibits relating to the history of the Canal, the new museum will include a visitor center that will serve as a gateway to the extensive trails and numerous tourist attractions in the mid-Hudson region. The Gateway Center will feature maps that include trails, historic houses and museums, and will be a source of information about the natural and cultural resources that hikers and area visitors can explore.

The Delaware & Hudson Canal Historical Society celebrates the story of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, its communities and industries, and their role in building our nation. The society fulfills its mission by operating the D&H Canal Museum, hosting educational programs, and maintaining the National Historic Landmark Five Locks Walk to preserve the extant remains of the canal in High Falls. More information is available on the website www.canalmuseum.org

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