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The Hidden History of Piermont

1951 postcard celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Erie Railroad from May 14-15, 1951. "It was a great day on May 15 1851 when the ...Erie Railroad completed its front run from Piermont-on-Hudson to Dunkirk-on-Lake-Erie. It was the longest railrod in the US -- 446 miles. Here was a great example of spirit that built America and made it great." -- Photo Credit: Piermont Hustorical Society

Postcard celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Erie Railroad on May 14, 1951. “It was a great day…when the Erie Railroad completed its first run from Piermont-on-Hudson to Dunkirk-on-Lake-Erie. It was the longest railroad in the US at 446 miles. Here was a great example of spirit that built America and made it great.” — Photo Credit: Piermont Historical Society

Learn about the hidden history of a Hudson River Village that once hosted two active rail lines in its role as an active 19th century shipping center. Every other Sunday through the fall, the Piermont Historical Society opens its Train Station Museum to the public from 12n-3p.

Hear about the “tale of two railroads” as well as an account of Washington’s acceptance of the British surrender and first recognition of America as a sovereign nation. Photos of a turn of the century resort and the true story of the first “cyber” romance by way of the telegraph are two more examples of what you will find within the walls of the train station which itself is on the national historic register.

Admission to the station is FREE and open to the public. Piermont Train StationThe Piermont Historical Society opens its Train Station Museum from 12n-3p on July 26 and these future dates:

  • Aug 9, 26
  • Sept 6, 20
  • Oct 4

This year’s special exhibit highlights the documentary “Piermont’s Role during world war two: LAST stop USA.”

“Jake the urchin” snuck onto the Piermont’s pier when soldiers were boarding transport ships during WWII.

Wardens patrolled the streets of Piermont during the war to keep their daughters safe from the soldiers on leave from Camp Shanks.

 


Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.


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