Cragsmoor Historic District

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Cragsmoor Historic District
Cragsmoor, NY, library and historical museum.jpg
Dellenbaugh-designed Cragsmoor library and historical museum, 2007
Cragsmoor Historic District is located in New York
Cragsmoor Historic District
Location Cragsmoor, NY
Nearest city Poughkeepsie
Coordinates 41°40′13″N 74°22′36″W / 41.67028°N 74.37667°W / 41.67028; -74.37667Coordinates: 41°40′13″N 74°22′36″W / 41.67028°N 74.37667°W / 41.67028; -74.37667
Area 362 acres (146 ha)
Built mid-19th to mid-20th century
Architect Bert Goldsmith, Frederick Dellenbaugh, among others
Architectural style Shingle Style architecture#Shingle, Colonial Revival, Federal
Governing body Private residences and businesses
NRHP Reference # 96000860[1]
Added to NRHP 1996

The Cragsmoor Historic District includes most of that hamlet atop the Shawangunk Ridge in the Town of Wawarsing, part of Ulster County, New York, USA. It is roughly bounded by Henry, Cragsmoor and Sam's Point roads, a Y-shaped area of 3,620 acres (14.5 km²). Within it are 168 buildings (mostly homes), 15 structures and 11 objects, all located amidst a quiet, heavily wooded ridgetop community. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[2]

Many of the buildings in the district date to Cragsmoor's founding as an art colony in the late 19th century,[3] when Edward Lamson Henry and some of his fellow painters visited what was then a small mountain hamlet for local loggers and grew enamored of the scenery.[4] Many homes were designed by Frederick Dellenbaugh and Bert Goldsmith. George Inness, Jr. and Charles Courtney Curran were among the artists who lived and worked here.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Harry P. Hansen and John Bonafide (March 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Cragsmoor Historic District". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-03-20.  See also: "Accompanying 59 photos". 
  3. ^ Gutman, Amy (September 9, 2005). "A Mountaintop Retreat With an Artistic Air". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Cragsmoor Free Library History". Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Cragsmoor & Sam's Point". Retrieved 2007-10-19.