Formerly The Dutch Barn Preservation Society (DBPS), incorporating The Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture (HVVA)

HMVA Events Archive: 2020 to Present

Fuller descriptions may be found in Newsletters


Study Tour in Hoosick Falls

Hosted by John Ham

Saturday, November 20, 2021

11:00 AM - Beginning with lunch at Man of Kent Tavern, 4452 Route 7, Hoosick Falls NY 12090

Prior to leaving the tavern we will assess if we need to carpool based upon the limited number of parking spots at Tibbits Hall.

12:30 PM - Tibbits Hall and Dudley Cottage at the Hoosac School, 14 Pine Valley Rd, Hoosick Falls NY 12089

Built in 1860, Tibbits Hall is a Gothic Revival style house constructed out of cut ashlar sandstone blocks. The hall was built by George Mortimer Tibbits, son of U.S. Congressman George Tibbits. The house was a known stop on the underground railroad. The estate later became the Hoosac School in 1952. A newly discovered secret room underneath the east porch has raised many questions and thus theories about its purpose are welcome.

Please keep in mind that this is an active school with students who have Saturday classes. Some students are expected to join us on tour.

2:00 PM - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 4957 NY Rte 7, Hoosick Falls NY 12090

George Mortimer Tibbits began the construction of this church with its nave in 1864. The church is constructed of local quarried stone and Connecticut sandstone. In 1872 the current spire and chancel were added by the Tibbets family.


From south, take I-87 north to exit 23. Get onto I-787 heading north. Stay on I-787 for 9 miles. Take exit 9E for NY Rte 7 toward Troy/Bennington. Head east on NY Rte 7 for 20 miles. Man of Kent Tavern will be on your right.

From north, take I-87 south to exit 6W for NY Rte 7 toward Troy/Cohoes. Head east for 25 miles. Man of Kent Tavern will be on your right.


Two Early Homes in Red Hook With a Matching Weird Quirk

Hosted by Emily Majer

Saturday, October 23, 2021

11:30 AM - Business meeting at Salvatore's Pizza, 7588 North Broadway (Route 9), Red Hook, NY 12571

12:30 PM - 246 Spring Lake Road, Upper Red Hook. Circa 1770 Palatine farmhouse

2:30 PM - 159 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. The 1750 William Pitcher Farmstead

Itinerary and Directions

Links to additional information on the 1750 William Pitcher Farmstead:
Historic Structure Report by Emily M. Majer
2015 HVVA Newsletter with article about the Pitcher house
October 2005 HVVA Newsletter mentioning the Pitcher house
November 2005 HVVA Newsletter mentioning the Pitcher house


Albany County Tour

Hosted by Roberta S. Jeracka

Saturday, September 18, 2021, Meeting at 10 AM

10 AM - Collins & Son New World Dutch Barn, 898 NY Route 143, Ravena, NY

11 AM - Van Der Zee-Riester Barn, 347 Rowe Road, Selkirk, N.Y.

12 PM - Lunch at Track 32, 1368 Indian Fields Road, Feura Bush, N.Y.

1 PM - Wemp New World Dutch Barn, 361 Onesquethaw Creek Road, Feura Bush, N.Y.

Itinerary and Directions


HMVA Picnic/Meeting


Saturday, July 17, 2021, 11 AM

The plan is to meet up, have a short business meeting, and enjoy a picnic lunch together. (Rain or Shine)

This year we ask that you bring your own lunch.

The barns and grounds will be available to HMVA members. If you desire to enter the Bronck House, you must call the Greene County Historical Society to arrange a tour. (518-731-6490) Proof of vaccination is required for house tours.


Austerlitz and the Hamlet of Spencertown

Columbia County, NY

June 19, 2021

This will be our first in-person event since the Maggie MacDowell Lecture of February 2020. It's great to be able to get together once again, although there will be some COVID restrictions.

Beginning at 9AM, until 10:30AM

Meet at the History Center in the hamlet of Spencertown. The address for the History Center is 812 Route 203, Spencertown, NY 12165 (phone: 518-392-3260 ext. 306). Parking is available in the lot separating the History Center from the new Town Hall; roadside parking is available on County Rd 7 in front of St. Peter's Church. The History Center and St. Peter's Church (across the street) will be open until 10:30. The address of St. Peter's Church is 5219 Co Rd 7.

10:40 AM

Travel to the Osborn house, 786 Route 203 (Owner requires that visitors be vaccinated.)

11: 20 AM

Samuel Shaw house, 55 Elm Street (Owner requires that visitors wear masks.)


David Pratt house, 924 Route 203

By 1PM

Arrive at the Austerlitz Historical Society's Old Austerlitz campus for lunch. Lunch will be on the grounds of the Austerlitz Historical Society. The Austerlitz Historical Society will provide tables, chairs, water, coffee and ice tea at no charge. Please bring a bag lunch. Arrange for touring of the interiors of the Morey-Devereaux House and the Robert Herron House by paying $12 fee and scheduling your tour in advance of having lunch.


Tour of Old Austerlitz, including interiors of the Morey-Devereaux House (c. 1795) and the Robert Herron house (c. 1790 and c. 1810). Masks required in both houses. The Harvey House (c. 1765, now known as "The Shop at Old Austerlitz"), the Christian Church ("Art Austerlitz," 1853), the Morey-Devereaux Barn and Carriage Shed as well as the Robert Engel blacksmith shop will be open, free of charge.

Click here for the tour handout with details of the schedule and directions, as well as descriptions of the buildings and a map.


Virtual Touring in the Age of Covid

April 2021

W. R. Wheeler

Until such time as it becomes possible to resume our monthly tours, there are a number of ways by which you can satisfy your need to see historic buildings and sites.

A Curated Collection of Self-guided House Tours


Maggie MacDowell Memorial Lecture

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Fifth lecture in the series: Neil Larson - The Abraham Hasbrouck House

HMVA trustee and newsletter editor Neil Larson has been working on the restoration of the Abraham Hasbrouck House on Huguenot Street in New Paltz for the past 20 years, starting with a Historic Structure Report he prepared with Kenneth Hewes Barricklo. In the process he has made detailed studies (and HSRs) of the other houses on Huguenot Street, as well as scores of Ulster County stone houses that have informed the Abe House project, which he considers the most up-to-date museum-level restoration of a stone house yet to be undertaken. Now that the project is nearing completion, Neil is at a point to share the story of how it all came together.


HMVA Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Meeting called to order at 3:00 PM

Please sign into Zoom account at 2:30

Members were invited to share a "Show & Tell" item - an object, a project or a story - after the close of the meeting.


Maggie MacDowell Memorial Lecture: "The Art of the Cooper"

February 15, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Woodland Pond, Media Room, New Paltz NY

A look at the barrel's local historical significance and the coopering process.

Presented by John Cox of
Quercus Cooperage, High Falls, NY

Admission to the lecture is free.


HMVA Annual Meeting

January 18, 2020 - 11 AM

Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook NY

Business meeting beginning at 11 AM. Lunch to follow.