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The small hamlet of Cragsmoor is located on the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, NY. It is well known as a turn-of- the-century summer art colony. Famous painters such as E.L. Henry, George Inness Jr., Charles C. Curran, Helen M. Turner, Arthur I. Keller, and Eliza P. Greatorex were inspired by expansive views of Cragsmoor. Many of the homes were designed by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, the explorer, designer, and artist. The Cragsmoor Historical Society was founded in 1996 by a group of Cragsmoor residents, led by Sally Matz to protect, preserve and share Cragsmoor’s unique history. The Cragsmoor Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Mission

The objectives of the Cragsmoor Historical Society are:

  • To discover, procure and preserve whatever may relate to history

    particularly material regarding Cragsmoor and its surrounding

    areas, in the State of New York.

  • To encourage the writing of papers and the delivery of addresses

    on subjects of historical interest relating to Cragsmoor and its

    surrounding areas.

  • To collect objects of historical value and arrange for their

    preservation and exhibition.

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