Keeping NY History Alive and narrator Bonnie Wood join Christian Schultz, Jr. as he travels on the Hudson River and then the Mohawk in 1807. He provides details of the boats, the cities and more as he explores New York State along these iconic rivers. This is the first of 17 letters in the first volume. From gone to sea to gone to the river, the perpetual call to the water passes from father Palatine immigrant Christian Otto Schultz to son Rhinebeck, NY native Christian Schultz, Jr. Esq. who is the writer and the cartographer for Travels on an Inland Voyage Through the States of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and through the Territories of Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Orleans; Performed in the Years 1807-1808; Including a Tour of Nearly Six Thousand Miles.
When I stayed at the Wardman Hotel in Washington, D.C. some years ago, I discovered that, one of my favorite poets, accomplished Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes was employed as a busboy when he shared a poem with hotel guest poet Vachel Lindsay in 1925. That was the beginning of a change of fortune for young Hughes.
Today, Sue Gardner shared a snippet of local history about Langston Hughes that sparked my curiosity about The Colony. Some thought-provoking lines written by Langston Hughes include:
“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
“1919 THE COLONY One of the community’s treasures, the historic hamlet off of Rt. 17A in the Nelson Rd. section was the first African-American resort community in the state of New York. Founded in 1919 by a group of prominent families from the city, it became a mecca for famous and influential professionals and artists. The “colony”, as it was known, hosted such luminaries as poet Langston Hughes, lyricist Cecil MacPherson and J. Rosamond Johnson, director of London’s Grand Opera House. Descendants of its founders still reside here.”
Sporting writer Henry William Herbert of the Herberts who resided at Highclere Castle (known by many now as Downtown Abbey) used the pen name Frank Forester. In Warwick Woodlands, he reminisced about his time spent traversing the woodlands of Warwick. See his books at the library. https://archive.org/details/warwickwoodland00herbgoog/page/n14