History Room On Zoom: The History of Shantytown

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 Gary Sheffer, library board of trustees member and History Room Committee chair, interviewed Leo Bower, local resident and historian, on all things Shantytown for this special LIVE History Room on Zoom. Learn about the history of Shantytown/The Furgary from the 1600s to the present day.

The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channell, or here on our library website.

LIVE History Room on Zoom on Shantytown (The Furgary)

Program Description: The library History Room on Zoom is presenting a special LIVE session on The History of Shantytown (aka The Furgary) in Hudson. Gary Sheffer, member of the library Board of Trustees and chair of the History Room Committee, interviews Leo Bower, lifelong local and a resident historian with a special expertise in Hudson’s Shantytown. A question and answer period follows the program.

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 25, 6-7:30pm.

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Local History Speaker Series: The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home

Join us for the Local History Speaker series presentation “The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home” by Gary Sheffer on Thursday, March 22 at 6pm.

Many long-time Hudsonians remember the dying days of The General Worth Hotel at 215 Warren Street: the collapsing ceilings, the rotted windows, and the omnipresent pigeons. The glorious life of this once-grand hotel came to an end in 1969, when it was razed after it was deemed a public health and safety hazard — despite the fact that it had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more than 100 years, this urban Greek Revival hotel was the cultural and hospitality center of Hudson, with waiters and waitresses speeding across a black-and-white tile floor to serve dinner to patrons, wedding celebrants, and the regulars. Named after Hudson’s most famous resident, General William Jenkins Worth (as in Fort Worth, Texas), the hotel was built in 1836-37 when Hudson was a bustling port city. Writer Henry James allegedly arrived for dinner in 1905, “with two ladies and a French poodle.” Told the dog was not welcome, he dined elsewhere.

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