Re: MohicanLand, Mohicans' Land, and Rip Van Winkle

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Posted by Chris on March 09, 1998 at 09:38:09:

In Reply to: Re: MohicanLand, Mohicans' Land, and Rip Van Winkle posted by Elaine on March 09, 1998 at 06:39:41:

: : We lived, for seven years, in a 1700's era home, with no furnace, but a great old fireplace!!, in near wilderness on East Mountain, which is part of a little hamlet called Wingdale ... directly east of Poughkeepsie on the Connecticut border (near Kent, where the American Indian Institute resides & there is a nice Mohican village set up). We were only a stones throw away from where a historic Mohican settlement once stood, at the confluence of the Ten Mile & Housatonic Rivers. Presently, there is a small reservation near there ... of maybe 5 or 6 families, descendants of the Mohicans.

I found Wingdale on the map, but couldn't find Scaticook. I was northwest of you, kind of in the middle of Catskill Park at the end of a long dead end road. It was heaven.

: : We have lots of photos, maybe we'll have to put some of them up one of these days soon.

I'd love to see them.

: The Ten Mile River was called "Weebutook" (changed to Webatuck now) by the Scaticook/Mohicans. It means "beautiful hunting ground."

And I'll bet it was. There are still some undeveloped areas back there that are gorgeous.

: You lived just across the river! What beautiful country this is. Lots of Dutch and French Huegonot settlements in Ulster.

I come from DuMonds and VanBuskirks. My family has been there since the 1700s.

(Eric, there's even a town named "Hurley"! It was NY's state capitol for one month in 1777.) Whenever I think of Ulster County, I think of Cooper's contemporary Washington Irving. Dutch sailors on the Hudson, Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow......

My grandmother grew up in Tarrytown and the Sleepy Hollow area. She and my grandfather are buried there.

: Chris, when are you going back for a visit!?!

We were back two years ago to Seager and Margaretville. My mom is buried in Margaretville. My family still owns the house we lived in there, and quite a bit (for NYS) of land. Good deer hunting too. Ah, nostalgia!


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