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Bronck Museum

More than 300 Years of Upper Hudson Valley history can be found in the cluster of architecturally significant buildings which comprise the Bronck Museum. After eight generations of Broncks had maintained the homestead as a working farm, it came to the Greene County Historical Society under the will of Leonard Bronck Lampman. This legacy is a permanent memorial to his mother Adelaide Ely Bronck Lampman, a lineal descendant of Pieter Bronck, original grantee and first builder on the land in 1663. The Greene County Historical Society maintains the Bronck Homestead as its headquarters and as a museum to house valuable historical collections which reflect the region's history.

In January 1662, Pieter Bronck entered into a contract to purchase from the Katskill Indians a tract of land known by the Indian name "Koixhackung". Choosing a site at the base of the Kalkberg Ridge, Pieter built his dwelling, a small single room structure with cellar and storage garret. The original massive beams, wide floor boards, cellar hatchway, and early Dutch door still dominate the interior. This house is the oldest surviving dwelling in Upstate New York.

The rooms are furnished with period furniture. In addition, china, glass and silver from several generations of Broncks as well as other Greene County families create a gracious atmosphere. Throughout the houses are important works of art by Ammi Philips, Nehemiah Partridge, Ezra Ames, John Frederick Kensett, Richard Hubbard, and Benjamin Stone. The "west wing loft" houses an important collection of regional textiles, as well as weaving and spinning equipment.

A wide range of primary and secondary resource material depicting the historical development of Greene County is held in the Vedder Memorial Library on the site. It's acquisition policy encourages the donation of individual items and personal collections. Staffed by professional volunteers, the library is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. The library is open the first Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. and some Saturday mornings. Please telephone in advance to confirm evening and Saturday hours.

Visiting the Bronck Museum

Scheduled Guided Tours: Memorial Day Weekend to October 15th Wednesday-Friday: 12-4, Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 1-4, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day 1-4 (Last tour at 3:30 daily ). Admissions: Adults-$4, Youth 12-15-$2, Children 5-11-$1.50, Children under 5-Free, Members-Free.

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