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Where in the Hudson Valley…?

The people of Beacon certainly know their history. We received a boatload of correct responses to our three-part question about the George Washington bust pictured in our April issue — and more than a few of them came from residents of that southern Dutchess County city. (See the sampling of letters below for more on the area’s important past.) The prize for this month’s winner, John Damtoft of New City, is already on its way. To take a crack at this month’s puzzler, see page 136.


George is not located in a “town,” but in a city — the city of Beacon. He faces the Madam Brett Homestead (circa-1609) and soon will look at Mount Beacon, with his back to his Revolutionary War headquarters across the Hudson in Newburgh.

Keith Dubetsky

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Bristow Station, Virginia (native of Beacon)


The Madam Brett Homestead was used to stockpile munitions during the Revolutionary War, as well as to provide shelter to the American patriots during that time. Eventually, George will gaze upon the appropriately named Mt. Beacon for the fires that were lit up top to warn the colonists to the north that the British invaders were moving upriver. This monument is a perfect addition to the “Where in the Hudson Valley?” column. It serves as a constant reminder of the history that lives in our backyard.

Anthony M. DeMeo



I really like having this bust in Beacon. I didn’t know he was going to change position! You learn something new every day.

Nancy Bayer



Right you are

In the March issue (“Catskills Cabaret” in Pulse), there is a reference to East Durham being in Ulster County. East Durham is in Greene County, as is the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Centre.

Diana Marshall

Via E-mail


More house woes

The April 2008 issue of your fine magazine contained an article entitled “What’s Your House Worth Now?” for which I was personally interviewed. This story appears to have been very well done with one notable exception: The statistics for Ulster County’s median house prices (page 36) were not the product of the Multiple Listing Service of Ulster County, Inc. (as advertised). After your publication became available, we received calls questioning these statistics. I respectfully request that you print the attached information along with a reminder that the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® and its Multiple Listing Service of Ulster County, Inc. are the only places to get this information.

Edwin J. Maldonado, ABR, GRI

2008 President,
Ulster County Board of REALTORS


Editor’s Note:

The chart to which Mr. Maldonado refers was obtained from the Greater Hudson Valley Multiple Listing Service, not the Multiple Listing Service of Ulster County as we indicated. The figures below are from the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®.

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