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Sun Ray Spring: Spring Water From Ellenville

Only accessible by a quarter mile long rugged trail is the last remnants of a booming spring water bottling operation dating from the early 1900s. The origin of this water was the Sun Ray Spring which flows from the Old Spanish Tunnel at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge in Ellenville. The bottling operations were developed starting 1905 after the tunnel was re-discovered by locals. Entrepreneur Frank T. Huntoon was at the helm of an international marketing effort touting the beverage as the World’s Purest Spring Water. The spring water was sold under the Sun Ray Water Read the rest of this entry »

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Mining In Ellenville: The Old Spanish Tunnel

The Old Spanish Tunnel, also known as the Sun Ray Mine, is shrouded in folklore that goes back to the founding of the United States. The mysterious tunnel at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge was re-discovered in 1905. Local legend purports the cave was excavated by Ponce de Leon’s men during his famous search for the Fountain of Youth. Another common myth is it served as a lead mine supplying the Continental Army with Ammunition. Historical records indicate the tunnel was constructed during the Revolutionary War however engineers found the ore was to difficult to extract and subsequently Read the rest of this entry »

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The Delaware And Hudson Canal’s Effect On Ellenville’s Growth

Prior to the development of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, the area of Ellenville was very sparsely inhabited as the only access was a rugged trail. The area was relatively untouched by settlers until the 1820s when Ellenville’s development was spurred by the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The canal was constructed by brothers William and Maurice Wurts as a way to ferry anthracite, discovered in Pennsylvania in the early 19th century, to New York. The canal followed the Read the rest of this entry »

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Instances of Historical Architecture In Ellenville

Ellenville is a small town mid-way between Albany and New York City that pre-dates the America’s Revolutionary War.

Records indicate Alpheus Fairchild, for whom the village was originally named, constructed the first building in 1798. However, town officials note at least three farms – Bodley, Bevier and Sax – had improvements well before the war. Fairchild’s building was located on the site of the George and John R. Hunt Memorial Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Feet That Traveled The Old Mine Road Through Ellenville

The Old Mine Road in Ellentown, New York has an extensive history. The road loosely followed trails used by Paleo-Indians, who archeologists believe may have inhabited the area as early as 10500 BC. The early inhabitants walked the path as part of their migratory routine, perhaps stopping in the Ellenville area to set up camp. Later the Lenape Native Americans used the trail to traverse the rugged terrain to prime hunting and fishing areas. The current path of the Old Mine Road is believed to have been constructed by Dutch settlers in the 17th Century to transport copper ore from nearby mines.Confused? Here ‘s a little help . Several famous residents once set foot on the Old Mine Road, one of the oldest most continuously used road in North America. Homer Newton Bartlett, HughesNet Internet in Leesville, La, a famous American composer, often traveled the Old Mine Road through his home town of Ellenville, New York in the late 1800s. Three congressmen were from the area: Joseph Yale Resnick, Isaac Newton Cox, and Joseph Hasbrouck Tuthill. Several local landmarks bear the name of these famous residents. Knowing the history of the area, one might imagine trudging the road to the beat of Native American drums and flutes or a historical patriotic tune.

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