The 300th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Palatines 1710 2010 G E R M A N TOW N , N E W Y OR K
History German "Palatines" came in 1710 to the upper Hudson Valley, to land that is today Germantown, Columbia County.The “Palatines” were driven from the Rhenish Palatinate, a small Electoratelocated near the junction of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers in Germany, bywars and famine. They left their homeland in the so-called Great Migrationof 1709, and settled in New York in 1710.
The History of the Settlement of this area may be said to have begun on,or about, September 29, 1710, when Robert Hunter, newly appointedRoyal Governor of New York Province, purchased some 6,000 acres ofland on the east bank of the Hudson River, from Robert Livingston, FirstLord of the Manor. This land was purchased for the purpose of settling some 1,400 or moreGerman-speaking Palatines from the Rhine Valley and adjacent areas.
These Palatines were to besettled along the Hudson River,and put to work manufacturingNaval Stores, products of thepine tree, for the British Navy. Naval Stores is a term whichoriginally applied to the resin-based components used inbuilding and maintainingwooden sailing ships.
There were two species of pine trees predominant here along the Hudson,the White Pine and the Pitch Pine. The White Pine was most numerous along the river, but was not suited to the purpose in mind,
The Pitch Pine also grewhere, but was mostnumerous some distanceinland from the river. Thistree was suited to the projectunder consideration. The undertaking of manufacturing Naval Stores proved a failure and, in the autumn of 1712, the Colony split, with many of the settlers moving on.
Others elected to remain andfought through some terriblyhard conditions.By 1724, some 63 families werefirmly enough established topetition for title to the 6,000acres purchased by GovernorHunter in 1710.This petition was granted in1725.In 1740 the area was surveyedand mapped, and thoseremaining were givenIndentures of Ownership fortheir lands. Cadwallader Colden Map. A map of the six thousand acres of land granted to Paletine heads of families
Approximate locations of Palatine Settlements at East Camp in 1710 ANNESBURY In the Snyders Corners- Half Moon Anchorage area QUEENSBURY In the vicinity of Sharps LandingRoad, Maple Avenue, Maple Avenue Extension, and Highway 9G HAYESBURY In the area around the junction ofCounty Road No. 8 and Highway 9G HUNTERSTOWN In the vicinity of present-day Cheviot
An analemma is a piece of art conceived by Dea Archbold and Kurt Art: Analemma Holsapple, both of whom are descendants of the first settlers of Germantown in 1710.This piece of art is created byrecording the spot where the tip ofthe shadow of a twelve foot polefalls at the same time of day for all365 days of the year.
Seminar On October 2nd, 2010 a seminar was held at the Reformed Church of Germantown featuring presentations on Palatine history, genealogy, and the migration to New York. Philip Otterness; ProfessorHank Z. Jones; professional of History and Politicalgenealogist known for his Science, Warren Wilsonextensive work with Palatine College; Author of Becominggenealogy. German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York.
Seminar, cont. Rev. David J. Webber; genealogical research with expertise in the history of Palatines to America.Alice Clark; Palatine DNA project, will talkabout findings and future plans.
Music On Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, a Gala Concert was performed at the Reformed Church of GermantownMaestro Harold Farberman; Donna Diehl, Conductor; 18thcomposer/conductor and long-time century hymns sung by theGermantown resident premieres a new Southern Columbiaconcert work commissioned for voice and Community Choirinstruments
History Preservation• Oral history project; recorded interviews with Palatine descendants• Reviewing church and history department documents• Long-term cataloging project• Digitizing pictures• Lindner mapping project
Archeology Project• Researcher Christopher Lindner, Ph.D., archaeologist in residence at Bard College• Archeological excavation of artifacts at the Maple Avenue Parsonage• Artifacts are on display at the Germantown Library• Field & lab school for students and teachers• Exhibit designer, Scott Guerin
Publications• “Ginny’s Book”; publishing of a story of early life in Germantown, written by Virginia “Ginny” (Miller) Sherwood. •Walter Miller’s “History of Germantown” reprinted
Commemoration of the PalatinesA memorial plaque commemorating the Palatines was dedicated onSaturday, October 2nd, 2010 at the Germantown Parsonage.
Memorial Plaque Dedication October 2, 2010 ~ Germantown Parsonage Nadine Rumke & Hank Himelright unveil the memorial plaque.(L to R) 1st row: Town Historian Marguerite Riter, Hank Z. Jones, Jerry Smith2nd row: Susan Raab, Richard Montague, Dorothy Montague, Nadine Rumke, AlvinScheffer, Senator Stephen Saland, Richard Coons, Assemblyman Pete Lopez.3rd row: Professor Philip Otterness, Reverand David J. Webber, Professor ChristopherLindner, Donald Westmore, Hank Himelright
Palatine OktoberfestThe Palatine Oktoberfest was held the weekend of October 8th-10th, 2010 in celebration ofthe 300th Anniversary. Highlights of the Oktoberfest were a wagon parade, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, history exhibits, displays, games, and a teenage dance.
Germantown Central School Projects related to the Palatine settlements of 1710•Elementary Drama Production of a Palatine play•Learning about life in 1710; passages from Ramsey/Miller book•Discussions about Palatines•“Then and Now” visual display; including maps, artistic works and essays•Poetry writing on the Palatine topic•Field trips to the Parsonage archeological dig•Broadsides (one page newspapers) and dioramas depicting life in 1710•Visual timeline of Germantown•Palatine survey of family members; visit to the Parsonage History department Activities generated projects that were displayed at the Palatine 300th Anniversary events.
Miscellaneous• Banners commemorating the 300th Anniversary were hung from town telephone polls• Historical exhibit of Palatine family artifacts were displayed at the 300th Information Center• History Photos were projected on the salt garage wall during the Oktoberfest.• Tree Planting project – Boy Scouts• Commemorative stamp cancellation honoring the 300th Anniversary, was available for a limited time.
• What is the Palatine Packet?A newsletter published by the • Why the name “Packet”?Germantown History Department and From the mid-17th century, boats or shipsthe Saugerties Historical Society to help called “packet-boats” traveled regularcelebrate the 300th anniversary of the routes between Europe and the New World.landing of Palatine refugees. • Where to find the Palatine Packet Issues are distributed online free through the web site; www.germantownnyhistory.org Packet Circulation, 129 East Camp Rd, Germantown, NY 12526
www.germantownnyhistory.org Germantown 300th Committee Nadine Rumke Chair Larry Osgood Treasurer Nan Eliot PR & PressPower Point created by: Devin Overington