June 13, 2017 (Tuesday)
Train through Hudson River Valley
Take Express train 813 to Poughkeepsie. The Hudson Valley comprises the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in the U.S. state of New York, The train follows a lovely stretch of the Hudson along The Palisades, a line of steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River. Our trip will end in Tarrytown, made popular by Washington Irving as Sleepy Hollow.
Lindhurst Estate: Jay Gould Home
Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, is a Gothic Revival country house that sits in its own 67-acre (27 ha) park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. We will participate in a docent guided upstairs/ downstairs tour of Gould's Robber Barron estate, including the grounds
In 1778, Alexander Hamilton visited Patterson falls and was impressed by its potential for industry. As Secretary of Treasury, he selected the site of the nation's first planned industrial city, which he called a "national manufactory." In 1791, . The town of Paterson was founded by the society and named after New Jersey Governor William Paterson.
Hamilton commissioned civil engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant, responsible for the layout of the new capital at Washington, D.C., to design the system of canals known as raceways supplying the power for the watermills in the new town. As a result, Paterson became the nucleus for a burgeoning mill industry. In 1793, two years after the society's foundation, the falls was the site of the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in New Jersey. In 1812, it was the site of the state's first continuous roll paper mill. Other products whose construction used the falls as a power source include the Rogers Locomotive Works (1832), the Colt revolver (1837), and the USS Holland (SS-1) (1898). The oldest extant structure in the historic district is the Phoenix Mill, built in 1813. The industrial area also became the site of labor unrest, as it was a center for the 1913 Paterson silk strike. Immigrant workers, facing harsh conditions in factories staged numerous strikes, giving the United States its first organized labor movement.king tour Great Falls National Historical Park (including raceway) depicting the story of Paterson’s role in the Industrial Revolution. While in Patterson we will participate in a walking tour of Great Falls National Historical Park (including raceway) & Visit Patterson Museum w docent. In addition we will visit Batto House Labor Museum and participate in a discussion on native vs. immigrant labor and the growth of Unions.
Night: King of Prussia, PA
We will be staying within walking distance of King of Prussia Mall. The King of Prussia Mall is the largest shopping mall in the United States in terms of space and number of retailers. It is a luxury mall with numerous upscale retailers. Perhaps more importantly it has over a hundred restaurants, including two of my personal favorites, "The Melting Pot" & "The Cheesecake Factory".
Optional Night Visit to Valley Forge
The King of Prussia Mall is next door to Valley Forge National Historic Park. Maps are available at the hotel for participants who wish to end their evening with a walk in the park.