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A good time was had by all!

To the delight of hundreds of people lining South and North Broadway, two huge, beautiful Belgian draft horses “clopped, clopped” up Broadway, pulling the Red Hook 2012 Bicentennial Celebration’s big red Dutch barn float at the head of the annual Hardscrabble Day. Next year’s big Bicentennial birthday bash was off to a great start. Clipping…

Lest We Forget: Egbert Benson

Egbert Benson

In the run up to Red Hook’s 2012 Bicentennial, it is fitting to recall Egbert Benson, for whom the Historical Society is named. As James Kent, Benson’s student, friend and colleague wrote of his mentor, “This great and good man lived to survive all his contemporaries, and seems to have died almost unknown and forgotten…

Irving Fraleigh, Dairy Farmer

Irving Fraleigh (1920-2000) was the fourth and last generation of his family to farm some 250 acres east of the Village of Red Hook, bordering the Sawkill. To begin tossing hay bales for “Young” Irv (under the ever-watchful eye of “Old” Irv, his father, from the cab of their faded green Chevy farm truck) was…