A Taste of History

A Traveling House Party Along the Hudson River

Join the Annual Taste of History on June 11th starting at 6pm for a can’t miss traveling house party along the Hudson River. Join friends and neighbors for a can’t miss New Baltimore tradition and learn more about the history of the Historic Hamlet, visit three historically maintained homes, and enjoy food and drinks. Take a much-needed night off after a year hiatus due to COVID-19 and a long, cold winter at A Taste of History!

A Little About New Baltimore

The hamlet of New Baltimore coalesced around a landing and anchorage on the Hudson River during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Shipbuilding began in the 1790s and by 1800, the landing had several dozen houses and taverns and was named New Baltimore. Several Dutch families settled in the community along with a number of Rhode Islanders. New Baltimore had the advantage of being situated below bars which often obstructed navigation to Albany. The hamlet thrived on shipbuilding and the sloop trade on the river and beyond.

Shipbuilding became a major source of employment in the nineteenth century. The Baldwin shipyard was founded in 1858 and built more than 100 steamboats, tugboats, and barges. The marine railway built-in 1884 remains on Mill St. at the center of the yard’s historic operations. The ice industry operated a series of icehouses north and south of the hamlet as well as across the river on Houghtaling Island. The hamlet
became urban in scale boasting fine churches, stylish houses, and several hotels.

New Baltimore declined after World War I. Wooden shipbuilding was no longer competitive and the ice industry collapsed as a result of health concerns and
mechanical refrigeration. Destructive fires hollowed out the historic business district between 1897 and 1919. Labor moved to the cities. Efforts to clean up the Hudson River and a renewed interest in historic architecture brought new people to the hamlet beginning in the 1970s. The hamlet was entered on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1996 and a number of historic houses have been thoughtfully rehabilitated during the past several decades.

Tickets can be bought online before the event and will be available at the door. Tickets cost $30 each. If you bring your own wine glass, you can receive a $2 discount at the door. Tickets can be pre-bought here:

Schedule of Events:

Never been to A Taste of History? Here’s how it works: Appetizers and beverages will be served at (1) 138 Main St. New Baltimore, NY 12192 from 6-7 pm. Then travel to (2) 40 Madison Ave. New Baltimore, NY 12124 for more appetizers and beverages from 7-8 pm. Wind down at (3) 42 Mill St. for beverages and desserts from 8 – 9 pm-ish. Homes are within walking distance of each other.  Note that parking is limited in the hamlet. Suggestions for parking include the Post Office, along Main St., or at Cornell Park.

Here is a map of this year’s traveling house party:

While enjoying the traveling house party, you may also enjoy our newly updated self-guided walking tour: