Local History Talk on Gothic Revival House on Fairview Avenue

Program Description: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as developers plan to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary.

The Farrand family farmhouse, formerly known as “The Pines,” is an example of Gothic Revival architecture, and sits somewhat inconspicuously on Fairview Avenue, although it has lately been in the news as it faces demolition. Paul Barrett will weave the story of this iconic building, from the 1850s to the present. Long before the bustle of strip mall traffic and fast food outlets, the Farrand operation – once encompassing over 160 acres – was a leading grower and shipper of pears in New York State and, among other things, introduced Peking Ducks to the region. Aside from agriculture, the Farrands were involved in shipping, banking, warehousing, and even the management of sugar plantations in San Domingo.

Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate. This is his second talk for the library’s local history series.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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