Monday, September 18, 2017

Getting Around in the Roe Jan Area Before the Automobile

On Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host preservationist Alexia “Lex” Lalli. She will give an illustrated talk that describes how people traveled in the early days in these parts, right up to the advent of the automobile. Lex’s presentation is designed to wrap up the Society’s Summer Exhibit on the Columbia Turnpike before it moves to the Hudson Area Library.

The presentation will answer questions such as: How did people decide on which roads to build? What was it like to travel “long” distances before 1900?  How long did it get to travel from Copake to Hillsdale? Why Toll Roads and how to avoid them? How did you get from the train to your destination? Were trains used for local trips? How did automobiles change local roads?