About This

I created this blog in order to update people in, around, and outside of the Hudson Valley who are interested in learning about the diverse history of this region which is otherwise, usually overlooked or included in mainstream historical narratives about the Mid-Hudson River Valley. On this blog you will read about history, contemporary historical concerns, and publications regarding history in this area, about one house north of New York City.  This area is rich of Black history, Native American history, and Latino history, but the historical narratives lean towards White, upper and middle class families and stories.

My name is Michael Barootjian, and I am an alumn of SUNY New Paltz.  I have a B.A. in History, and I minored in Black Studies.  I currently work for the East Fishkill Historical Society in which I conduct tours, teach people about the Brinckerhoff House Historic Site, and take care of the property and buildings on that site. If there is something which you would like for me to include on this blog, please shoot me an email at barootm@gmail.com

Other blogs I manage are East Fishkill Historical Society, and The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.


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  1. Thank you for the post about the Brinckerhoff house. It’s been 35 years since I lived in Lake Walton Park. I visited there today and could hardly believe it was the same place. I remember Tenny (TenEyck) but had forgotten his last name was Brinckerhoff. As someone else said, he took great pride in maintaining the park, where we once owned a mobile home and my daughter rode her bike in the safety of a lakeside paradise. It was eerie to see it the way it is today.

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