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    Default Upstate NY village

    I just got a great point-and-shoot camera for Christmas (Canon PowerShot SD800) and I did a photo tour of my hometown (well, lived there from age 8 to 22) for the first time ever. It's quite interesting to see such a familiar environment captured in self-taken still images.

    My town is Kinderhook, Dutch for "children's corner." It's very old, and was formed on the route of the old Postal Road, connecting NYC to Albany, now known as Route 9. Between this and the natural power available in the Kinderhook Creek, the town flourished, and mill workers, politicians and lawyers alike all resided here.

    Martin Van Buren, 8th US President, was born and has his retirement house and grave here, and many other important figures from the early days of our country had ties to Old Kinderhook, commonly known as OK and (arguably) considered the birthplace of the oh-so-common expression "OK." Also, Washington Irving wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" here, complete with the characters Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

    (My school district's name was Ichabod Crane Central School District... charming, right?)

    However, by 1850 this town's importance had dried up as the railroads passed it by, and what's left for us today is a historically protected village that showcases all sorts of fine examples of 18th and (mostly) early-19th century architecture:

    Columbia County Historical Society museum:

    Moving out of "downtown" now

    town library:

    and since you've all been dying to know, this is where governor-defeat John Faso lives:

    Currently a district elementary school, originally the village high school:

    Last edited by kz1000ps; August 22nd, 2007 at 12:39 AM.

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    This house is a fraternal twin to the above: identical original plans, but this one was heavily modified during the height of the French Second Empire fashion. I was fortunate enough to see the interior a couple years ago and it's just as grand as the exterior

    The house where all the youngins go for a field trip at least a dozen times:

    back in ye "OK" towne square

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    Railroad depot turned apartment complex - the first and only RR line to come through town didn't get built until the 1890s:

    My town's skyline: two 75 ft.- water towers

    Martin Van Buren's resting place

    The Luykas Van Alan house dating from 1737: traditional dutch architecture transplanted into the Hudson River Valley

    Last edited by kz1000ps; August 22nd, 2007 at 12:40 AM.

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    these next three are of Valatie, the village next door. It's still a part of the overarching "Town of Kinderhook"

    An old theatre awaiting its fate

    And the random ones that only I have an emotional attachment to:

    My house where I lived for 13 years, to the right

    Apple orchards surrounded my home

    My high school

    And to end things on a happy note, the newly completed shopping plaza our town was blessed with :

    Last edited by kz1000ps; August 22nd, 2007 at 12:42 AM.

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    It's little known how scenic New York State is generally. Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Catskills, Great Lakes, rolling hills, Hudson Valley, Taconic, farmland, pretty towns...

    Too bad about that last picture.

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    Notice too the 1960s High school. A good simple design that doesnt bother to mimic the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    It's little known how scenic New York State is generally. Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Catskills, Great Lakes, rolling hills, Hudson Valley, Taconic, farmland, pretty towns...
    I resoundingly agree. NY state has so many great destinations. Some pretty great natural wonders to explore are:
    • Ausable Chasm near Plattsburg
    • Watkins Glen at the tip of Seneca Lake
    • Niagara Falls, of course
    • The "quilt" landscape of the Finger Lakes region
    • The various waterfalls within the city of Ithaca
    • The High Peaks near Lake Placid
    • North-South Lake park in the Catskills that contains various waterfalls, 2 lakes and a majestic overlook of the Hudson Valley
    • The Ice Caves in the Shawangunk mountains
    • Natural Bridge near Schroon Lake
    • High Falls Gorge at the Base of Whiteface moutain
    • Whitewater rafting in the Northern Hudson near Indian Lake
    • Tubing down the Esopus River
    • Howe's Caverns near Cooperstown

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    Quote Originally Posted by TREPYE View Post
    [*]North-South Lake park in the Catskills that contains various waterfalls, 2 lakes and a majestic overlook of the Hudson Valley
    My family and I used to camp there for two nights a week during the summers for a little while. What a great place to go.. you have the overlook where you can survey most of the upper Hudson Valley, and all the surrounding hiking trails which lead you to various sites of long-gone resort hotels from 150 years ago, not to mention the camp and lakes themselves. And the Kaaterskill falls, quite the sight to behold, is also only a couple of miles away.

    Thank you for mentioning North-South lake.. the memories are flowing right now!

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    Beautiful town. It's almost appropriate that you shot these photos on an overcast day, as it so often is Upstate. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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    What a charming town, and what wonderful photography. Anybody can point-and-shoot, but you chose just the right "everything" to tell Kinderhook's story.

    How rare is it for your town to be without snow on Christmas? Do you have any pictures of your town covered with snow? If you do, I'd love to see a few.

    Thank you for putting so much TLC into this presentation.

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    Rapunzel, it's not all that rare for my town to not have snow for Christmas. And since it's only about 110 miles north of the city, I'd suppose the chances are about the same as they would be for the NY metro.

    Also, I don't have any photos with snow in them.. I got the camera Christmas day, took these early the following morning, and then that afternoon I was on a train heading back out to Beantown.

    And NYatKNIGHT: I very much agree with you about the overcast/misty weather being complementary to the village and my pictures. Not so coincidentally, I got the exact same comment at least twice from forumers over at Skyscraper Page.

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    If this town were in the Carolinas, it would be a tourist Mecca, chock-a-block with antique stores. It would also be a miracle --since they've already torn them all down.

    I personally witnessed them one Saturday demolish an entire North Carolina town packed with buildings of the quality shown in your post. By overrunning the town with wrecker machines, they got it all down in one day. On Sunday, they paved the blocks for the Monday unveiling of convenient parking for the freshly-built mid-rise courthouse.

    If you saw it today, you'd never know there had been a town --except perhaps if you remarked upon the grid of streets criss-crossing the parking lots.

    Sic transit...

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    unimaginable,unbeliveable,how beautiful your hometown is.i am from china's countryside,the most people living countryside are very poor,they cant see such beautiful houses in their whole life.

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    This looks like an awesome village/neighborhood from the looks of the pictures! I'm jealous. :P

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