Gathered from many local archives, including the Piersaull Collection, the rare and previously unpublished images presented here transport us to Hyde Park's past.
With Hyde Park on the Hudson, Margaret Logan Marquez chronicles the town's fascinating history from 1821 to 1962. We see farmers and their families, wealthy estate owners, ice boating on the river, and local churches, businesses, and schools. Through this exciting pictorial history, we experience the golden era of the region, when the popular and the powerful seemed to be playing the same tune. The outstanding example of this social harmony was the Roosevelt family, who turned this way of elegant small-town living into a national goal and a world dream. The revival of Dutch Colonial architecture brought about by President Roosevelt, the restoration of the Italian gardens at Vanderbilt, and the recent volunteer efforts to restore the stonewalls along the Post Road are testimonies to a past that is still living.
About the Author
Margaret Logan Marquez was born on the Roosevelt Estate, where her father and grandfather were head farmers. As town historian for Hyde Park and the director of the Hyde Park Historical Society Museum, she interprets the photographs presented here, not only as a raconteur of that nostalgic era, but also as someone who has strong ties to the past and the images themselves. Let her take you on a voyage that is well worth making, and one that you will never forget.