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Slabsides, West Park
Naturalist John Burroughs built his log cabin in West Park, Ulster County in 1895, in the Adirondack style. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the cabin retains most of its original furnishings, and is open to the public year round. Slabsides is one mile east of Riverby, Burroughs’ main residence. The naturalist wrote some of his most celebrated essays while at Slabsides. He also wrote extensively at Riverby, as well as the Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, Delaware County, in the Western Catskill Mountains.
Since 1993 John Burroughs Association has honored authors, illustrators and publishers of nature writing by awarding three annual awards: John Burroughs Medal, John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, and Riverby Awards. The Awards Ceremony takes place every year in April at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Burroughs Drive, West Park, NY 12493
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Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury
Woodchuck Lodge, also known as John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site, was built in the 1860s in the rustic farmhouse style, in Roxbury, Delaware County. It was Burroughs’ summer residence from 1910 to 1921. Burroughs is best known for his collections of nature essay such Wake Robin (1871), and Signs and Seasons (1886). The naturalist writer was friends with many luminaries including President Theodore Roosevelt, industrialist Henry Ford, inventor Thomas Edison, and poet Walt Whitman. Burroughs went to school with financier Jay Gould.
Born in Roxbury on April 3, 1837, he died in 1921, five days before his 84th birthday. He is buried at Boyhood Rock, where he used to play as a child, right next to the Woodchuck Lodge.
Guided tours are offered the first weekend of the month from May to October. Special events and talks are organized the first Saturday of the month, as part of the Wild Saturday series.
1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474
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Bird Note dedicated an entire program to Burroughs this Sunday, January 21, 2018. Listen to the transcript at:
Novelist Annie DeWitt and photographer Jerome Jakubiec spoke about their widely praised books “White Nights in Split Town City” and “I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can’t Believe We Bought” at Roxbury General on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 this year.
The Los Angeles Review of Books depicts “White Nights in Split Town City” as “the story of what it means to feel desired and plugged into what surrounds us, and how this informs our identities from a very young age.” The book was released by Tyrant Books in August 2016.
The New Yorker describes “I Actually Wore This” as “Funny and surprisingly touching, revealing much about our moments of bold, optimistic self-assertion and their aftermath.” The book was released by Rizzoli in March 2017.
Both books are available at Roxbury General along with a vast array of merchandise from clothing and ceramics to sweets and holiday decorations.
DeWitt and Jakubiec live and work in Roxbury.
Pressing cider has been a cherished tradition at Hubbell Family Farm since 1870 when the family acquired a custom-made press manufactured in Syracuse. For the first 40 years, the press was powered by a steam engine, replaced in 1917 with a gasoline engine that still runs today, a hundred years later.
A popular fall activity and tourist attraction in the Catskills, the Hubbell press turns 1 bushel of apples into 3 gallons a cider in what seems to be a venerated ceremony for enthusiast spectators.
Custom pressing, by appointment only, takes place every Saturday throughout the month of October. To make an appointment, call Burr Hubbell at (845) 586-2707, ext. 3 during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
The mill is located at 46124 State Hwy 30, Margaretville, New York.
For more information, follow Hubbell Family Farm on Facebook.
Catskill Interpretive Center, Mt. Tremper, New York
September 23, 2017