I have discovered on Ancestry that a pair of my 7th great-grand parents founded the town of New Paltz, New York, in 1677. I have had great fun researching their adventurous lives, so I had to go to the scene of the action. It’s about two and a half hours north of Brooklyn, on the other side of the Hudson.
First I had lunch in a charming Scottish gastro pub.
Then I went down the road to the historic houses on Huguenot Street, where I had a private tour from a knowledgeable young girl guide. She does a lot of tours in the summer so feels a sense of ownership. They have packed about 200 years of history into four houses.
This last picture shows the house built by a grandson of my ancestors. Amazing to think how many people share this heritage. I love learning history this way.
The drive reminded me of being in Italy because it was foggy like the Lake District and I did buy a car phone charger so I could take pictures and get home too. Susan will understand that reference.