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

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Posted by Elaine on March 09, 1998 at 06:39:41:

In Reply to: MohicanLand & the Mohicans' Land posted by Rich on March 09, 1998 at 04:48:08:

: . It may have been filmed in NC, but it passed well for NYS.

: : Chris

: Indeed! One of the many aspects of this great film that snared us was the fact that we lived, once, where the REAL Mohicans lived, and then moved, quite by accident, to where the CELLULOID Mohicans roamed.

: 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.

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

Hi Chris,

LOTM does indeed pass for NY. I know exactly how you feel! The Mohican settlement Rich referred to is Scaticook (also Schatighcoke). This is where many Pequot refugees fled to during King Phillip's War. It got the Mohican/Scaticook's in big trouble
with the English, who didn't appreciate the fact that they were feeding and harboring the "enemy". The Pequot presence nearly brought war to the Scaticooks.

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

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

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

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