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Roll up for The Magical History Tour of Sullivan County

May 21, 2014

BARRYVILLE, NY — The award-winning Delaware Company, in collaboration with The Museum at Bethel Woods and the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present the annual architectural-historical bus tour on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coinciding with Governor Cuomo’s designated Path Through History weekends, “The Magical History Tour: Revolution to Revolution™” will be narrated by Sullivan County Historian John Conway and renowned architect Robert Dadras.

Riders will board an air-conditioned motor coach at The Museum at Bethel Woods, on the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, and travel past the Mackenzie Mansions of Glen Spey (Sullivan County’s Newport), along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, to the former Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike, all the while hearing stories of the Great Pumpkin Flood, elk drives from the Erie Railroad, Boss Tweed and the local bluestone industry and more, covering the ground of the American Revolution of the 1760s to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s.

Stops will be made at the Sullivan County-owned Minisink Battleground Park, site of the only Revolutionary War battle in the Upper Delaware, the National Park Service-owned Delaware Aqueduct (Roebling Bridge, where interpretive rangers will be on hand to describe the revolutionary technology of this part of the Delaware & Hudson canal), Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History (a living history museum where lunch will be served by costumed docents). It will return to the Museum at Bethel Woods for another tour and the grand finale: LIFE magazine photographer Bill Eppridge’s work, “America Meets the Beatles.”
The cost is $45, which includes all admissions and lunch. Reservations and advance payment are required by mailing a check, made payable to The Delaware Company, to John Conway, PO Box 185, Barryville, NY 12719. The bus is filling up fast. For further information, call 845/557-0851 or email jconway52@hotmail.com.